12 animals at San Antonio sanctuary die during deep freeze


SAN ANTONIO – A nonprofit in Leon Springs is mourning the lack of 12 animals that died during the harmful, chilly air mass that has devastated Bexar County and surrounding areas this week.

Primarily Primates on Wednesday stated the animals, together with monkeys, lemurs and one chimpanzee, died, because the 78-acre sanctuary has been with out electrical energy since Monday morning.

The chimpanzee, Violet, most definitely died from a stroke than from hypothermia, officers stated. At 58, she was the Primarily Primates’ oldest chimp.

Officials stated she “was young at heart, outgoing and spirited.”

The sanctuary homes lots of of animals, together with 32 chimpanzees, for all times. The animals, nearly all of them being primates, had been rescued from analysis and leisure industries.

“Every animal matters to us and we are devastated,” Priscilla Feral, the president of Friends of Animals, which manages Primarily Primates, stated in a information launch.


“We know this unprecedented Arctic blast is taking a toll on humans, which is why we are so grateful to the San Antonio Zoo staff for helping us transport and care for animals as well as the more than 60 volunteers who have organized meetups and driven their 4x4s in treacherous conditions to bring us supplies.”

The San Antonio Zoo on Monday requested the neighborhood for assist in gathering gadgets for the shelter, together with blankets, flashlights, propane tanks, mills and heaters.

Since then, workers and volunteers labored across the clock to evacuate animals from the sanctuary and preserve those that remained protected and heat.

“Their kindness brings some comfort during this nightmare. They are heroes, and so are our staff members,” Feral added.


Primarily Primates’ Executive Director Brooke Chavez on Wednesday stated the surviving chimpanzees are doing nicely and holding heat with correctly ventilated propane heaters. Staff members are checking on them each 20 minutes.

Other primates that remained on the property are staying heat with mills and heaters.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the sanctuary stays with out energy. It is asking for donations of mills, peanut butter, bread, jelly, tenting lights, propane tanks, small disposable propane heater bottles, salt for de-icing, and water.

The sanctuary is situated at 26099 Dull Knife Trail. Monetary donations might be made online.

As of Wednesday morning, 2.7 million Texans are nonetheless with out electrical energy as restoration efforts have been hampered by one other spherical of freezing rain and snow in components of the state.


More than 250,000 CPS Energy prospects have been affected by the outages all through Wednesday morning.

One final piece of upper-level power will come by Wednesday night time into Thursday morning, producing one more likelihood for a wintry combine.

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