Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

Our goal for PASA is to be an invaluable resource for primate sanctuaries throughout Africa. Recognizing the intrinsic value that wildlife sanctuaries provide as a nexus of long term commitment to enforcement of wildlife laws, animal welfare and conservation of wild primates, we will advocate for our member sanctuaries on these and other relevant issues and provide a readily accessible international communication network for these members. PASA's programs will evolve with the threats that face African primates and the needs of our members; we will continuously seek creative solutions to provide our members with the best tools to promote long term success in the fight to protect and care ...
Sep 9, 2016

PASA's Edutainment Films Program is growing fast!

The IssueOur closest relatives are nearer to extinction than ever before, and it is possible that some great ape subspecies will be driven to extinction within decades if significant measures are not taken to stop these threats. An estimated 3,000 great apes are lost every year due to wildlife smuggling, and millions of acres of their forest habitat disappear every month. The horrific and rapidly growing bushmeat trade is now considered the most significant danger to the future of Africa’s wildlife. For every baby ape who is rescued, up to ten are slaughtered. Entire families of chimpanzees, gorillas, and monkeys are routinely shot down to be butchered and sold in markets. Some animals are smuggled to the Middle East or China to spend their lives in small cages as exotic pets or tourist attractions.

A root cause of these problems is a pervasive lack of awareness among the people of Africa about animal welfare and conservation. Many are unaware that the hunting and consumption of wildlife is robbing Africa of its natural heritage and that many species are alarmingly close to extinction. Huge tracts of land are granted to logging and mining companies, and the palm oil industry, which has devastated so much orangutan habitat in Asia, is now destroying vital habitat in Africa. However, the general public largely does not realize that the current rate of habitat loss will soon leave Africa without enough forest to sustain some wildlife populations. In order to save great ape species from extinction, there is an urgent need for widespread humane education, which is the goal of the Ajani Edutainment Films Program.

The Program The goal of the program is to educate millions of people in ten African nations about the consequences of their behaviors, in order to change their current and/or future actions in ways that reduce their negative impact on great apes and their habitat. The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance is collaborating with our 22 member organizations across Africa and several filmmakers to distribute films that are highly entertaining and engaging and contain messaging about wildlife conservation that targets people of Africa. The use of films that the public enjoys and is enthusiastic to watch will enable the program to reach millions of Africans and will help the viewers to retain the films’ messages for the long term.

Aug 25, 2016

PASA is using technology to improve primate care

A PASA volunteer teaching staff at Ape Action
A PASA volunteer teaching staff at Ape Action

Kourtney Stumpe, a member of the PASA team, recently visited Ape Action Africa, a PASA member organization in Cameroon which cares for many species of apes and monkeys. PASA is carrying out a large-scale data collection program with their sanctuary members and are teaching staff how to efficiently collect data through the use of donated tablets.

Previously, consistent data capture, which is critical to running a sanctuary, has been a challenge. Paper-based methods have been destroyed by insects, pests and wet weather. However, with education from PASA, Ape Action Africa is now using technology to overcome these challenges.

PASA is teaching wildilfe rescue centers throughout Africa to use the ODK app for Android smartphones to record data, including animal arrivals, wildlife observed in its natural habitat, and evaluations of programs. This is a pioneering way to improve the protection of Africa's wildlife.

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Jun 2, 2016

Helping African Communities to Protect Primates

Bo lives in an office and eats unsuitable food
Bo lives in an office and eats unsuitable food

Dear Primate Supporter,

Although great apes are humans’ closest genetic kin, humans have pushed them to the brink of extinction. It’s estimated that 3,000 apes are lost from the wild every year, largely due to the illegal hunting of endangered species, the illicit wildlife trade, and widespread habitat loss.

Will we let the great apes become extinct in our lifetime? As primate advocates, we can’t allow it. With your help sharing our message, they do have a chance.

PASA is working closely with our 22 member organizations in 13 African countries to implement diverse projects to protect primates and their habitat. Some of the most pioneering work is community development projects that give local people alternatives to cutting down forest or hunting apes and monkeys.

Bo is an adorable baby chimpanzee in Guinea-Bissau who was illegally stolen from the forest last year. The law authorities confiscated little Bo but they don’t have facilities to take care of her. She’s now living in a national park office and eating whatever people happen to feed her.

Bo urgently needs to be moved to a proper sanctuary and PASA and Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Kenya are working to arrange an export permit. We hope that soon, Bo will spend the rest of her days living in a huge forest habitat with dozens of other chimps.

As a registered nonprofit in the U.S. with close partnerships with wildlife protection organizations across Africa, PASA provides a trusted way to ensure your donations go where they are most urgently needed and are used as efficiently as possible.

Thank you for your compassion.

Please help Bo get to a proper wildlife sanctuary!
Please help Bo get to a proper wildlife sanctuary!

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