This is the place for future primates.

Our Sanctuary Plan

At right is a 3D rendering of our vision for the future primate housing, designed by Midwest Modern Architecture.

It is a spacious and secure indoor building that will have all-season greenhouses and outdoor structures during the nice weather; each sanctuary model housing 3-20 monkeys will fit on a ½ acre. The goal of Primates Incorporated is to construct five sanctuary models over the next ten years so that we can help up to 100 monkeys.

Since thousands of monkeys could be retired if enough sanctuaries were available, Primates Incorporated also aims to serve as an innovative prototype for caring communities to be able to construct a sanctuary in any climate so no monkey is ever turned away from retirement again.

During the spring and summer of 2015, we installed a driveway and parking lot, and we completed our nature trail with benches. In November 2015, we broke ground on the foundation of the monkey sanctuary and constructed what we could afford in 2016. In June, 2017, the walls were constructed for the indoor portion of the sanctuary. Since Primates Incorporated has created a waiting list to retire three monkeys from research facilities, Board members Patrick and Mari Buchholz have offered to provide a line of credit in order to get the sanctuary up and running by October 2017. Corporate and foundation grants are helping Primates Incorporated pay for the building costs while we continue construction, so that we borrow as little as possible. If you have any fundraising suggestions, please let us know!

We also need to construct a house for animal care staff and a storage shed, in addition to installing a well and septic system. The estimated budget to launch this innovative sanctuary in order to help our first monkey is $385,000.

Our Land

Located in the town of Springfield in Marquette County, Wisconsin, this beautiful piece of land will accommodate spacious and secure homes for future primates. It is 17.29 acres of mixed meadow and wooded areas, and is situated just north of the small town of Westfield, Wisconsin. View a few photos of the land below. Please contact if you would like to visit the nature trail and we will send you directions. A special thank you is in order to Mari and Patrick Buchholz who provided a very generous donation that allowed us to purchase the land and remain debt free as we reach our goals and gain more support. We want to thank all of our donors and volunteers over the years who helped us make this great progress. This progress helped us receive a grant from the DJ&T foundation that helped us break ground on the monkey sanctuary. Your support has been integral in our success and allows us to continue to work diligently on fulfilling our goal of helping primates retire from research facilities!

Unique Aspects

This land is home to a large swath of native Wisconsin flowers and plants, which we plan to maintain to help preserve the population of the federally-endangered Karner Blue Butterfly.


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