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January 30, 2008

PRIMATE SANCTUARY: Falls neighbors approve; Wilson residents wary



Paul Proulx, a Town of Wilson resident who recently sold his last piece of property in Niagara Falls, feels that decision for Presti to come to Wilson is up to Presti.

“I see no problem with him moving here,” said Proulx, who has owned Tropic Cove pet stores on Military Road and Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. “The kids love going to see his animals. You see them standing around the building looking in.”

The windows were a bit steamed and soiled on Tuesday. The property around the building was clean. Inside, there were caged birds in the front and chimps a back little deeper, peering out, perhaps looking for attention. There’s a chain-link fence inside for the bigger primates.

Neighbors don’t go inside the building.

“I don’t want them to move,” Bowers said. “It’s a pleasure to have them across the street. They don’t make noise, the kids on the street make more noise than they do. You can barely here them. In the summer, when the door is open, you can’t smell anything. They’re quiet, they’re clean. What more can you ask of a neighbor?”

Presti will bring the monkeys outside and let neighbors take pictures. Charlie the Karate Chimp and Kiko are celebrities who have appeared on television, advertisements and movies.

“The man is quality. He’s into it,” said Proulx, who was interviewed at the Wilson House. “He does it right. He gives them the right foods, medical care. Clean. I have nothing to bad to say about the man and I’ve been in the industry 25 years. He takes very good care of his animals.”

Proulx added, “There’s nobody in that neighborhood who dislikes him or disrespects him, or thinks that his facility is not good for the community. He’s a very nice gentleman. He deserves any break he can get.”

Contact reporter Bill Wolcott at 439-9222, Ext. 6246.

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