An Organ-Grinder with Star Power

May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine
Outside magazine, February 1996

An Organ-Grinder with Star Power
By Todd Balf and Paul Kvinta (with Debra Shore)

Last month in these pages we reported on a brewing battle in south Texas, where trigger-happy ranchers were taking aim at 600 Japanese snow monkeys running loose over their property. Now, with not a moment to spare, a savior for the diminutive primates has arrived: Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, who will play a benefit concert next month at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, with all proceeds going to benefit the troubled South Texas Primate Observatory. "Wayne just loves animals," explains his assistant, Barbara Sullivan, noting that the crooner keeps penguins and wallabies at his Vegas ranch, Casa de Shenandoa.

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