Our mission is to improve the quality of life for monkeys retiring from research facilities, private ownerships, and the entertainment industry.


This Is Our Plan:


An innovative and spacious sanctuary in Wisconsin and serve as a prototype for other communities to establish their own sustainable sanctuaries so that the thousands of primates who have a chance at retirement can finally get the peaceful refuge they deserve.



With an advisory committee consisting of a combination of professionals with various backgrounds in order to provide the most appropriate accommodations for the primates.



The public about primate-related issues such as their habitat in nature, the importance of their psychological well-being in a captive setting, and progress made in the 3R’s of nonhuman primate research: reduction, refinement and replacement.


New funding opportunities, host outreach events, expand our volunteer base, and network with the community to ensure long-term sustainability of the future sanctuary.


Behavioral information on animals prior to their placement, performing behavioral observations directed at improving their well being, and providing the rehabilitation results to the public.

Promote & Assist

In placing primates at appropriate sanctuaries as rescue scenarios arise, and promote primate rescue by recognizing the important work of existing primate sanctuaries.


Did You Know?

According to the 2015 USDA animal care report, there are approximately 105,000 monkeys living in U.S. research laboratories. Some researchers have asserted that sanctuaries are unnecessary because the monkeys are re-used or euthanized. However, many researchers would like to retire their monkeys but are often unable to find space for them at the nine existing sanctuaries. Those monkeys who had a brief chance at retirement will likely not get another opportunity.

Primates Incorporated believes as long as the FDA testing regulations and the primate research industry exist, the least we can do as a society is give back to the primates by retiring them out of laboratories into spacious and enriching sanctuaries.

Do the Upright thing: support primate retirement.

Your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution. We are currently owners of 17 acres of land near Westfield, WI, and we have raised $197,000 toward our goal of $385,000 needed to launch the sanctuary plus six months of operating costs. We have been contacted by researchers to create a 6-month waiting list to retire four rhesus monkeys and they have pledged at least $12,000 per monkey to ensure their proper care and to help our sanctuary get constructed as soon as possible. This helped us reach half of our fundraising goals. We are very pleased to be able to collaborate with researchers who believe in retiring primates from research. Please help us reach our goals so we can construct our sanctuary by late summer of 2017.