Jenny, a Simang Gibbon, was swinging back and forth in her cage. All the while, a piercing call echoed throughout the 35-acre Primate Rescue Center Saturday afternoon. This wasn’t a typical afternoon at the center, as about 500 benefactors visited the grounds during the annual Members Only Spring Gala.
“We try to give (the primates) a peaceful life and an enriched life and keep the stress to a minimum,” Director April D. Truitt said. “As you can hear with Jenny in the background, that’s her territorial call. She never makes that call during a normal day with us around because we’re part of the background to her. Today, with all these unfamiliar humans on the premises, she’ll be calling for most of the day.”
The Primate Rescue Center, located near Bethel Road, has been in existence for nearly 25 years, and it relies on the donations of its members to sustain the day-to-day operations.