Change the scenery!
Monkeys yearn for opportunities to explore
and experience new things every day. Being
kept in the same unchanged cage day after
day without adequate enrichment can cause
severe depression & anxiety, which can lead
to aberrant and often times self destructive
Monkeys love the water!
In the wild, macaque monkeys enjoy playing
in water. They leap from tree branches, cliffs
and ledges into lakes, streams and even the
ocean, where they can cool off in hot
weather, and search for shellfish and other
aquatic enrichment.
OPR addresses complexities, realities
There are vast numbers of captive primates currently needing
placement in sanctuaries all over the country, who are already
full or reaching full capacity.

OPR educational presentations provide information about the
state of primates in the wild, about the complexities involved in
caring for captive primates, and why they are not a good choice
as a  pet.

For the sake of primates currently kept in captive environments,
OPR offers consultation to all that come, to promote humane
conditions, the best nutrition, and the best enrichment programs
Macaques have unique health care needs, in that their health care falls somewhere between human and veterinary medicine.
The problem is that many veterinarians are not trained or willing to treat  monkeys, and neither are most human doctors! Our
veterinarians and primatologists sometimes consult with human specialists when treating an ailing macaque. Macaques are
vaccinated with human vaccines such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio and tetanus.
(The same vaccine we use on our
human children!) Not living in an area known for having rabies, w
e don't typically vaccinate for rabies because like us, they
are primates and do not latently carry the virus. Many human viruses such as chicken pox, and certain cold and flu viruses
which are relatively harmless in humans, can be fatal to macaques!
Captive primates need daily enrichment
items and activities to keep them mentally
stimulated. Without adequate stimulation
they often become neurotic,depressed
and dangerous.

In the wild, every day brings new and
exciting things to explore. New territories
with unexplored streams, unique rock
ledges and a variety of birds and insects
to chase and eat.

Even the most enriched life in captivity  
pales in comparison to living a natural life
in the wild.
Action facilitates change...
Endodontist 'Dr. Jeff' arrives by plane to perform a root canal on
Holly's broken tooth! With years of previous experience working
with macaques he was the perfect choice when Holly broke her
tooth and needed a root canal! It's important to have
professionals available in every area of expertise when
addressing our macaques medical issues!
Did you know that normal values used for diagnostics in monkey testing is different for monkeys kept primarily indoors than out. And that not all monkey species
have the same values? It's very complicated! That is why it is so important to work with a lab who understands the variables in non-human primate testing!

Not all primate species are susceptible to the same viruses. There are unique virus testing panels and cultures specifically designed and recommended  for
primates in each of the following groups: Macaques, Asian species, African monkeys, New World Monkeys and Apes. In addition to the virus panels, a
comprehensive stool culture is recommended for all primate species.                                                                                                                 
OPR volunteer Kayla spends a year in Indonesia, learning about
natural behaviors of Black Crested Macaques
Monkeys are not humans, but they do share many similar physical
characteristics such as pictured in the fetal appearance (left) and unique
hand and finger prints (right).

They  share human emotions such as depression, happiness,  loneliness,
jealousy, anger, love, and grief from the loss of family members or friends.
Like humans, monkeys choose their own friends.

Their innocent appearance and human like features when they are infants
makes them appealing to those considering a pet. There's nothing cuter than
a baby monkey!

But as monkeys mature, their wild instincts become stronger. They become
larger, messier, more aggressive and difficult to safely manage in captivity.

99% of those who acquire an infant monkey will be trying to find a 'new home'
for their monkey within the first 5 years. Most species can live anywhere from
35-45 years in captivity. The sad reality is that almost every case ends in
disaster for the humans and the monkey.
Macaque Hand Print
From left; Wangxi, Terry, Heather and Zhangmin,  taking
shelter from the rain in a rock cave. Wangxi and Zhangmin
are graduate students at Anhui University working with Dr. Li
Looking down onto the viewing platforms
from a 'monkeys view point' in the jungle...
Adult male on the rock ledges
around the viewing platforms
I think he wants
us to leave...
Threatening posture directed
toward the human observers.
The YA-2 troop
foraging for

"YeGui", Adult Male
Education inspires action...
2013  Official Website
Dr Jeff and his assistant Tina
comfort and watch over Holly until
she is fully recovered from
Fixing Holly's broken tooth
Health Care
Monkeys Don’t Wear Diapers
Author Polly Schultz provides insights into the remarkable lives of
monkeys at OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary

The legal and illegal trade in monkeys is staggering. These monkeys
are almost always condemned to a horrible life, as even their most
basic needs are well beyond the capacity of most people to handle.

In Monkeys Don’t Wear Diapers: Heartwarming and Heartbreaking
Stories from a Monkey Sanctuary, author Polly Schultz tells the
stories of a special group of monkeys who have come to OPR Coastal
Primate Sanctuary (OPR)—which Schultz founded in 1998 and
continues to direct today.

Some of the monkeys at OPR came from merely misinformed people
who meant no harm, but were overwhelmed by the burden of caring
for a monkey. Others were horribly mistreated by abusive owners,
who reacted with anger or abandonment when the bewildered animal
failed to become a tame and docile pet. Still others were retired from
research institutions after they were no longer needed for

Each chapter of the book, published by Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)
and co-authored by AWI laboratory animal advisor, Dr. Kenneth
Litwak, gives the reader a brief glimpse into the life of a different
monkey taken in by Schultz.
Click here to learn more about the book and to order a
OPR interns Terry and Heather
Learning about primate behavior from wild Tibetan Macaques in China
OPR resident "George" enjoys
a dip in the macaque pool
"Polly Schultz is among the world's leading experts on how to care for
and love monkeys in need. In her landmark book, she offers compelling
stories of the awesome beings with whom she and her co-workers have
tirelessly and selflessly worked at OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary.
Monkeys Don't Wear Diapers is a game changer and deserves a global
MARC BEKOFF, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Rewilding Our Hearts
"Polly's stories about the monkeys she has teach us about their unique
personalities as fellow animal beings. It is a book made up of stories of
abuse, compassion and caring."
ROGER FOUTS, co-founder of Friends of Washoe and author of Next of Kin
"As someone who has dedicated much time and effort in Congress to defending animal
protection and welfare, I highly recommend Monkeys Don't Wear Diapers for anyone who
has a passion for animals. This book makes the compelling case for why legislation is
needed to prohibit the keeping of monkeys as pets"  
REP. JIM MORAN, co-chairman of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus (retired)