Twelve primates — including a beloved 58-year-old chimpanzee — died at a Texas animal sanctuary amid a crippling statewide power-outage and historically cold temperatures, the wildlife center said.
Primarily Primates, which houses hundreds of animals formerly exploited by researchers near San Antonio, also lost several monkeys and lemurs as workers scrambled to set up generators to warm the sprawling facility, the sanctuary said in a statement.
“Every animal matters to us and we are devastated,” said Priscilla Feral, president of the non-profit Friends of Animals, which manages the sanctuary.
Workers rushed to evacuate the primates, and transport them to the San Antonio Zoo, before they succumb to conditions sparked by the frigid weather and lack of electricity.
“While the staff and volunteers work tirelessly around the clock to evacuate dozens of animals from the 78-acre sanctuary and use heaters and generators to keep the remaining animals safe-they are also mourning the loss of approximately 12 animals, including monkeys, lemurs and