Africa's primates are rapidly disappearing due to illegal pet trade, bushmeat hunting, and habitat destruction. 22 PASA sanctuaries educate thousands of children & families across Africa every year about the value of primates and forests. We empower local residents with training and resources, and help them develop projects that build sustainable incomes to replace bushmeat and selling primates. Projects include native tree nurseries, women's craft cooperatives, and clean-burning cookstoves.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Hunting and habitat destruction take a huge toll on Africa's primates. Nearly 40% of all African primates are threatened with extinction. Primates are sold as bushmeat, and young animals sold in the illegal pet trade. These babies are the byproducts of bushmeat - too small to eat, after their families are killed they are sold as pets. All gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos are Endangered or Critically Endangered, and unless human behaviors change they may go extinct in our lifetime.
How will this project solve this problem?
PASA engages and empowers local communities to protect wild primates and forests. This project provides materials and empowers 22 sanctuaries to conduct education activities including school programs and training local residents to work as wildlife monitors or other conservation-oriented jobs. This builds appreciation of wildlife and reduces the perception that primates are food or pets. We help sanctuaries develop and fund sustainable livelihood projects to replace hunting or illegal pet trade.
Potential Long Term Impact
PASA's sustainable livelihoods projects give community residents a viable option to habitat destruction, hunting and selling wildlife. Our education programs and training empower new conservation leaders in Africa. Knowledge about habitat destruction, bushmeat hunting, the illegal pet trade and other environmentally-destructive behaviors helps protect Africa's wild primates. Over time, knowledge and awareness of these issues pass to new communities and generations.
Total Funding Received to Date: $11,615
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $43,385
Total Funding Goal: $55,000