Animals died at sanctuary in the frigid cold after loss of power

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Animals have died at a Texas wildlife sanctuary in the midst of a deep freeze that has gripped the state, and left millions without power. According to multiple sources, among the dead are monkeys, a chimpanzee, lemurs, and birds who lived at the Primarily Primates sanctuary in San Antonio.

As reported by Newsweek, power to the sanctuary went out early Monday morning. Brooke Chavez, executive director of Primarily Primates, said that staff set up generators and space heaters in an effort to stave off the cold, but they discovered that several animals had already perished from the cold.

The non-profit sanctuary had reached out to the public for help on Monday, writing a list of needs  on its Facebook page:

The sanctuary has been hit hard by the winter storms. Here is the new list of items we need. If you have them and are able to drive on ice/in the snow, please deliver them today to 26099 Dull Knife Trail. We greatly appreciate anything you’re able to drop off!
– *GENERATORS- this is the most important item on the list*
– Peanut butter, bread, jelly
– Camping lights
– Propane tanks that are filled or help taking empty tanks to be filled.
– Small disposable propane heater bottles
– Salt for de-icing pathways around the sanctuary
– Water

The sanctuary issued a release about the devastating situation:

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 one chimpanzee.

“Every animal matters to us and we are devastated,” said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, which has managed the sanctuary since 2007.

Help still needed

The sanctuary is still currently without power and in need of the following items as well as monetary donations. If you have them and have a four-wheel drive vehicle, please deliver them to 26099 Dull Knife Trail in San Antonio.

*GENERATORS- this is the most important item on the list*

– Peanut butter, bread, jelly

– Camping lights

– Propane tanks that are filled or help taking empty tanks to be filled

– Small disposable propane heater bottles

– Salt for de-icing pathways around the sanctuary

– Water

Monetary donations can be made on our website: primarilyprimates.org.

(Image via public post on Primarily Primates Facebook page)

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