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Uploaded on Jul 3, 2011
While Texas is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recorded history, the monkeys at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary http://www.bornfreeusa.org/sanctuary/ go about their monkey business.
Staff members work hard to make sure everyone has plenty of water, and the monkeys long ago figured out that a dip in a water tub followed by a windy drying off in the shade is a great way to keep cool. The splish splashes of monkeys playing in the water or canon-balling into their water troughs can be heard in every enclosure, and most every monkey seen these days is either wet or about to get wet again.
As you can see, some primates jump in with all they're worth, while others take their time, just dipping a hand - or stick - into the water to get a cool drink. And it's a good thing the monkeys know what to do to stay cool, as it looks like we could be in for a dangerously hot and dry summer.
The drought is affecting the sanctuary in other ways, too, as produce prices have risen sharply and the amount of donated or low-priced produce has dwindled down to only a trickle. Each week we have to spend more to get less food for the monkeys, and it's not just produce: our dry feed is now costing more as a result of higher gasoline prices. We've already spent more on monkey food so far this year than we had by August of last year, and we could use some help. Please just click the blue "donation" button on this page.