NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – You might be surprised to hear that there are monkeys in Kentucky that live outside of zoos.

50 primates call the Primate Rescue Center (PRC) in central Kentucky their home. The sanctuary has made sure their buildings and grounds give the animals a quiet, sheltered placed to spend the rest of their lives.

The mission of the Primate Rescue Center is to alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs by:

  • Providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities
  • Working to end the trade in primates both in the United States and abroad
  • Educating the public to the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle
  • Assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for surplus primates
  • Encouraging compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and animal welfare statutes

“As one of the few out there doing that work we do, it’s even more important we have people joining us in the partnership to make a difference for them,” said Eileen Dunnington, the executive director.

The PRC rescues primates from all across the country. The center also partners with other primate sanctuaries in order to transport rescued primates in need of a care and a home.

“We feel like it is our job to what we can to help reverse the effects that humans have had on animals,” said Dunnington.”

The PRC is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that receives no direct funding from the federal government or the state of Kentucky. The group relies on donations of money, supplies, and in-kind serves from individuals, service providers, foundations, and their corporate partners.

Dunnington said she is proud of her staff, volunteers, and members for their dedication.

“It’s just kind of a magical experience when all of that comes together.”