PROSIMIANS ARE NOT PETS

Educate and Advocate, before its too late

To get an idea of the scope of the exotic pet trade, consider this: The illegal trade in wildlife is second only to that of drugs in the United States, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). In April 2016, a video of a ring-tailed lemur in Madagascar went viral. Two boys crouched beside the lemur, occasionally stroking its back. When they paused, the lemur extended its right hand and patted its back, appearing to demand to be scratched again. Within a week of being posted on Facebook, the video was viewed around 20 million times, catapulting the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) into brief stardom. 

Prosimians (Lemurs, Loris', and Bush Babies) and other primates are wild animals, not pets!  These animals are found in personal possession as pets, roadside attractions, or as photographic props. Wild animals do not become domesticated by simply keeping them in human environments , even with the best of intentions.

Typically the animal starts to bite and become aggressive, or picks up a nervous habit, like self-harming or feverishly pacing in the cage. Non-human primates are most often abandoned by their owners between the ages of two and eight (depending on the species), after they have started maturing,

 

Keeping primates for personal possession poses serious risks to animal welfare, safety, and conservation. These animals require specialized professional care in order to thrive. Their health, behavioral, social,  and nutritional needs are next to impossible to fulfill in private settings. 

THIS IS WHERE WE COME IN....Wild Things Refuge provides a lifelong sanctuary for these animals. If you are aware of animals in need, or have a surrender contact us. If you are aware of animal abuse please contact your local authorities.