Sanctuary Work



Primarily Primates

In 2007, Friends of Animals took over the management of Primarily Primates, the largest and oldest primate sanctuary in the United States incorporated in 1981.

Primarily Primates is situated on 78 acres just north of San Antonio and is home to 350 animals. As its name suggests, other than birds, most of the residents at Primarily Primates are chimpanzees and gibbons and smaller primates, such as capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, macaques and lemurs.

The animals who call Primarily Primates home share a history of exploitation from the exotic pet trade industry, the movie and TV entertainment industry, and circuses, as well as vivisection (animal research). You can learn more about the sanctuary and see how you can sponsor an animal by visiting their website.


Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project

In a November 2008 landmark agreement with the Gambian government, FoA agreed to help fund and support the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project, an island sanctuary located in the River Gambia National Park. It is run by Janis Carter and is home to some 99 chimpanzees, who live in relative freedom—without bars or cages—on three of the national park’s five islands.


Scimitar-Horned Oryx

The last survivors of the endangered scimitar-horned oryx, a once plentiful species in Africa, were killed by hunters in 1987. But on Feb. 22, 1999, FoA facilitated the return of the scimitar-horned oryx to Senegal, marking the start of an historical project. Eight antelopes traveled from Israel and arrived in Senegal, taking up residence in their ancestral home. Today, 246 oryxes thrive within two expansive, fenced, fully-protected reserves, Guembeul Faunal Reserve and Ferlo National Park, re-establishing a presence in their African homeland.


The Coleman Sanctuary

Edith Coleman entrusted her vision of a safe haven for “hard-pressed and vanishing” wildlife to FoA in 1979 with her bequest of the Lyman C. Coleman sanctuary, named after her father. FoA is committed to preserving her legacy at this pristine refuge, and carrying it forward.