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Monkeys Love the Shade in Texas!

Published 06/11/10
By Tim Ajax, Sanctuary Director

Summer is really heating up here, in Dilley, TX. The average daytime temperature reaches in the high 90s with heat indexes frequently in the triple digits.  At the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, Baboons, Macaques and Vervets play in the water and linger in the trees of their enclosures, trying to stay cool.  More protection is needed, however, to guard the primates from the blistering summer sun.  In addition to helping the primates keep their cool, shade also lowers soil temperature, keeping evaporation down and allowing plants to grow. 

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Nature...a wonderful healer!

Published 06/08/10
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

Mere communion with nature, mere contact with the free air, exercise a soothing yet comforting and strengthening influence on the wearied mind, calm the storm of passion, and soften the heart when shaken by sorrow to its inmost depths. -- Alexander von Humboldt

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Dairy Disgusting!

Published 06/02/10
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

"What a disgusting man!", "Vile", "I'm appalled and cannot even watch the entire video because I feel sick". These are comments from those who have watched the newly released undercover video of the monstrous abuse that took place at an Ohio dairy farm, Conklin Farms.

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Another Breed of Homelessness

Published 05/28/10
By Sharie Lesniak, Vice President of Marketing

Habitat loss is threatening the survival of wildlife worldwide. Natural environments are being destroyed and fragmented, wiping out species’ food sources, dispersing populations and leaving animals around the world literally homeless or displaced.

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Give me a U-G-L-Y for Chloe Sevigny & Aurel Schmidt!

Published 05/25/10
By Sharie Lesniak, Vice President of Marketing

When you see something this ugly on the outside, it makes you wonder what the inside is like.

Fur makes you ugly. That seems “pretty” obvious to me.

Being kind and dressing kindly is far beyond a fashion statement. It actually means something. And it’s nice to have a life that’s full of meaning. (Doesn’t look like meaning is what these two are rich with.)

Shop the Fox at www.furfreeshopping.com. And if you want to feel furry, walk some dogs or pet a few cats at the local shelter. Or snuggle with your own. Now that’s the life. And I know you know that.

Stay foxy,

Sharie

Dying to Entertain

Published 05/21/10
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

Yesterday we learned the sad news... a newborn giraffe died suddenly just one week after being born at a California zoo. Understandably, zoo officials are shocked and saddened at this unexpected death. But this incident raises logical questions.

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Every day can be a Lobby Day!

Published 05/17/10
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

Recently I wrote about my experience at Humane Lobby Day held in the Capitol Building here in Sacramento, California. I got to thinking and remembered the first time I visited the Capitol. It was somewhat intimidating. You’re taken in by its beauty, but it’s a big building and a swirling center of activity. Once you realize that the men and women who occupy those offices are there because of you—the voting citizen, you start to relax and gradually gain confidence. Taking time to introduce yourself and offer brief comments about issues that are important to you reminds lawmakers why they’re here. They’re flesh and blood humans, just like you and me!  Sometimes they just “appear scary”.

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Watching Flipper jump through hoops does not teach you how to save him!

Published 05/10/10
By Maggie Graham, Research Assistant

Yesterday I attended a legislative hearing regarding educational aspects of public display of marine mammals. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the validity of educational programs that currently exists at facilities which publicly display marine mammals, and whether further regulations need to be implemented.

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