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Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is embracing East Texas Giving Day, 6 a.m.-12 a.m., April 28, to bring public awareness and support to the building and completion of its state-of-the art primate habitat that costs nearly $600,000. East Texas Communities Foundation sponsors East Texas Giving Day to provide critical funding for area nonprofits.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the care of the nearly 800 residents residing at the sanctuary continues. On Giving Day, the sanctuary is hoping to raise $10,000 for the completion of a new primate house for nine resident macaques and five capuchins and future monkeys rescued from the exotic pet trade and research labs. When completed, the new structure can house more than 50 primates and will include two wooded half-acre yards, spacious heated housing for the winter months, platforms and climbing structures.

While these animals are currently in well-equipped enclosures, the new structure will further enhance their physical, social and psychological needs. Nanette and Gabby, are two rhesus macaques retired from research living at Black Beauty since 1997. Nanette, identified in research as RH-1228 gave birth to her daughter, Gabby, identified as RH-1278 “the infant of RH-1228” in 1992. The pair spend hours grooming each other in the sun, foraging, enjoying food puzzles, digging through grass and sunning themselves on a high platform.

On East Texas Giving Day, Black Beauty is asking everyone to spread the word and take advantage of dollar-for-dollar matching funds—a great way to inspire donors to give and help the sanctuary reach its goal of giving these primates a better life. Prescheduled giving starts April 6. To make a donation, visit www.easttexasgivingday.org/clevelandamoryblackbeautyranch.

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