Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

PASA works with local communities and global experts to protect Africa's primates and their wild forest homes. The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is the only network of wildlife sanctuaries and global experts working across Africa to care for and rehabilitate apes and monkeys confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. Illegal hunting takes a huge toll on wild primate populations. The captured monkeys and apes are sold for bushmeat, and younger animals are often illegally sold as pets. PASA and its member sanctuaries go beyond just provi...

Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
5705 N.Wilbur Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
United States
503-893-8530
http://www.pasaprimates.org

Management Team

Julie Sherman

Board of Directors

Tamara Bettinger, Christine Benninger, Carol Keys, Michele Stumpe, Richard Wrangham, Norman Rosen, Rebecca Rose, Mary Rose

Project Leaders

Julie Sherman

Mission

PASA works with local communities and global experts to protect Africa's primates and their wild forest homes. The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is the only network of wildlife sanctuaries and global experts working across Africa to care for and rehabilitate apes and monkeys confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. Illegal hunting takes a huge toll on wild primate populations. The captured monkeys and apes are sold for bushmeat, and younger animals are often illegally sold as pets. PASA and its member sanctuaries go beyond just providing care for confiscated monkeys and apes. We work to keep primates in their forest homes by engaging local communities, national and international governments to support primate protection laws and halt the illegal trade threatening Africa's primates with extinction. We are uniquely effective at saving the lives of African primates and keeping wild primates safe in their forest homes. PASA's 22 sanctuaries are part of the fabric of the communities in which they live and work, providing unparalleled opportunities to educate and collaborate with local communities and governments on creative solutions to conserve Africa's primates and their habitats. Our member sanctuaries employ local residents and support local economies. PASA's advanced training and materials enable sanctuaries to provide excellent veterinary and animal care. PASA also provides training to sanctuary educators so they can teach local communities about conservation as well as develop programs that facilitate coexistence between people and wildlife. PASA's conservation message reaches thousands of children and their families every year through education programs in 12 countries. PASA's operational standards for its member sanctuaries are based on providing the highest standards of care for confiscated primates. Our standards have become the model for other sanctuary accreditation organizations globally. PASA member sanctuaries include some of the pioneers in the reintroduction of Africa's endangered great apes: gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. Several members are also developing new methods to rehabilitate and reintroduce several monkey species.

Programs

Working on the ground to protect African primates and their habitat PASA sanctuaries are actively engaged in monitoring local wild primate populations in the protected areas where they work. They work with governments and local community members to educate them about primate and forest conservation, and advocate for enforcement of primate protection laws. Sanctuaries help support the creation of new protected areas as well as supporting the enforcement of laws to secure existing protected areas. In some cases sanctuaries pay the salaries for local rangers or provide staff for snare removal programs and anti-poaching patrols. Combating poaching and illegal trade Illegal hunting and the sale of primates is commonplace in many regions of Africa. National and international laws prohibit chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and other rare primates from being hunted, sold or kept as pets. But these laws go unenforced unless there are sanctuaries where government officials can take confiscated animals to be cared for. In most cases these animals need significant medical attention. Wild primates that have been kept as pets need rehabilitation and a safe environment where they can interact with others of their species and learn to live like apes and monkeys again. PASA's 22 sanctuaries work closely with governments to confiscate illegally captured animals and prosecute people who are hunting and selling them, or keeping them illegally as pets. We also work to advise the development of sanctuaries in countries lacking confiscation resources and are experiencing high levels of illegal bushmeat hunting and primate pet trade activity. Animal care and rehabilitation PASA sanctuaries provide the highest standards of care for confiscated primates, based on a system of operational standards that has been the model for other sanctuary accreditation organizations globally. PASA provides a conduit of information across sanctuaries, outside experts and conservation, animal welfare and science groups to bring technical expertise, scientific knowledge, and best practices to increase sanctuaries' effectiveness in tackling primate care and conservation issues. We provide emergency funding for PASA sanctuaries that experience natural disasters, disease outbreaks or other unforeseen problems. PASA engages with sanctuaries outside our membership to help them raise their standards, and advises on the development of conservation education, veterinary care and reintroduction programs. Veterinary healthcare PASA provides annual training and skill-building workshops, as well as equipment and medicine that enable sanctuaries to deliver quality healthcare and rehabilitation for confiscated primates and other wildlife. Reintroduction PASA member sanctuaries are some of the pioneers in the reintroduction of Africa's endangered great apes: gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. Sanctuaries are also developing new methods to successfully rehabilitate and reintroduce monkey species. We bring together scientists and practitioners of ape and monkey reintroductions to share knowledge and determine best practices. Reintroduced apes from PASA sanctuaries have been breeding in the wild, and are helping to secure threatened habitats with new protected area designations. Empowering and engaging communities across Africa to conserve wildlife and habitats o Supporting Africa's next generation of conservationists Pasa sanctuaries conduct active education and outreach programs in schools and communities. PASA conservation education programs and activities reach thousands of children and their families every year in 12 countries across Africa. PASA works with global education and conservation experts to develop materials and empower sanctuaries to create conservation programs that are tailored to the needs in their communities. We support sanctuary staff and reward excellence in animal care and conservation through awards, recognition and training opportunities. o Encouraging sustainable community projects PASA works with conservation organizations and funders to help sanctuaries develop individual programs for sustainable income projects including planting low impact crops that don't attract wildlife; native tree nurseries; raising livestock sustainable in the local environment to replace bushmeat hunting; and developing women's craft cooperatives. o Forging real solutions for human-wildlife conflict One of the most pressing problems in conservation is human-wildlife conflict - the competition between people and wildlife over natural resources. As human populations increase, Africa's endangered primates including gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos are in direct competition with human communities for natural resources like timber, forest products, and land. As Africa's human population grows, these primates are increasingly being hunted as "pests" because they consume or damage human food crops and other natural resources. There is no one-size-fits-all solution as human-primate conflict has many sources. In some areas, crops such as sugar-cane are planted adjacent to prime primate habitat causing chimpanzees and monkeys to come out of the forest and raid the crops. In other areas, people go into the "protected" forest to harvest resources, often coming into conflict with the resident primates. An outcome that all too often occurs is that someone-human or chimpanzee or gorilla or monkey-gets hurt. PASA is embarking on a landmark three-year program to provide PASA educators and managers with the skills and tools they need to develop effective solutions to the human-wildlife conflicts in their locations. PASA member sanctuaries are uniquely positioned to effectively address human-wildlife conflict, as PASA is an alliance of global primate protection experts working together with wildlife sanctuaries in 12 countries across Africa. PASA sanctuary staff have unrivaled access and influence as permanent members of the communities where they live and work. This program will support advanced training for the PASA sanctuary educators and managers so they can continue to develop programs that will help stop the killing of primates while at the same time building better livelihoods and stronger communities that value primates and will work to conserve them.

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