Animal sanctuary loses power during Texas freeze, killing 12 primates

Yvonne O'Halloran

Heartbreakingly, 12 primates have lost their lives after an animal sanctuary lost its power due to the devastating conditions in Texas.

The non-profit Primarily Primates, based in Bexar County was sadly affected by the freeze, losing 12 animals including lemurs and monkeys.

Priscilla Feral, President of Friends of Animals, the animal advocacy organisation that manages the sanctuary stated: “Every animal matters to us. We are devastated,”

“We know this unprecedented Arctic blast is taking a toll on humans. We’re so grateful to the San Antonio Zoo staff for helping us transport and care for animals. As well as the more than 60 volunteers who have organized meetups and driven their 4x4s in treacherous conditions to bring us supplies. Their kindness brings some comfort during this nightmare. They are heroes, and so are our staff members.”

One chimpanzee also lost her life, most likely from a stroke. The chimp, named Violet, was 58 years old.

She was young at heart, outgoing, and spirited,” the sanctuary said.

She loved to explore her habitat, which sits up on a hill overlooking the pond at Primarily Primates -where she had a great view of waterfowl and other wildlife. Violet also liked watching movies and looking at her reflection in her care staff member’s iPhone selfie mode.”

The sanctuary still remains without power and needs support in the form of monetary donations, food, camping lights and fuel for propane heaters.

Primarily Primates is currently going through 20 propane tanks a night to cope with the catastrophic weather event.

You can donate to keep these wild primates safe here

Article written by Martha Moody-United Kingdom

 

 

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