Jun 22, 2018

Orphaned gorilla saved from becoming food

Dear friends,

I want to take a moment to thank you so much for your dedication to using movies to protect great apes and monkeys across Africa. Because of your unbelievable support, PASA member wildlife centers have rescued dozens of orphaned animals since the start of this year.   

Each of these innocent animals has endured a world of pain, often witnessing their mothers killed to be butchered and eaten. Too small to be sold for meat, these orphans were tied up and caged, kept as novelty pets or sold on the black market.

Thanks to the support of compassionate people like you all over the world, these apes and monkeys are now receiving care, nourishing food, and veterinary treatment at PASA member sanctuaries.

By collaborating with law enforcement agencies to confiscate and rescue animals and arrest the traffickers, PASA members play a critical role in fighting the illegal wildlife trade.

Baby Gorilla Gets a Second Chance

Bobga, a baby gorilla, was tiny when his mother and family were slaughtered for meat as they tried to protect him. He seemed doomed to spend his remaining days as an illegal pet, without appropriate food or care.
 
Your support meant Bobga could be rescued! He was given a safe haven at Limbe Wildlife Centre, a PASA member in Cameroon, and every day Bobga is growing stronger. He loves to play and bond with his caregiver.

We even have a video of Bobga playing with a water tub for the first time! Click here to see this precious moment. Bobga is just one of the many lives you save when you donate to PASA and our member sanctuaries.

PASA donors save lives everyday – will you join our movement?

As the threats to the existence of great apes are increasing, your help is needed more than ever. Join PASA as we fight to protect Africa's threatened and endangered primates!


Very best wishes,
Gregg Tully
Executive Director
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

Links:

May 4, 2018

He was tied by his ankle and kept in a small box

Bobga needs your help!
Bobga needs your help!

Dear friends,

I am so thankful for your unbelievable support for Africa’s endangered and threatened primates. You make it possible to protect and save chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and monkeys from the cruel illegal wildlife trade.  

Many of you have asked for an update on little Tita. Just a few months ago, baby Tita was a victim of one of the most horrific poaching stories we’ve ever heard about.

Click here to read about Tita’s shocking story: https://www.facebook.com/pasaprimates/videos/10156142551009564      
With your support and the dedicated care from the staff at Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC), PASA’s member organization in Guinea, Tita is growing stronger every day. She is even making new friends!

Tita was just introduced to the other orphaned babies at CCC – the first chimps she met since she saw her family beaten to death a few months ago. The look on her face when she met the other orphaned chimps was priceless.  

We have a video of that precious moment – see it here! https://www.facebook.com/pasaprimates/videos/10156142551009564

Helping Animals by Helping People

Did you know that PASA member sanctuaries employ over 500 people from local communities in Africa?

It takes so many caring hands, hearts and minds to protect and care for the planet’s most threatened and endangered animals. That is why PASA provides opportunities for African sanctuary staff to become leaders in the field of animal welfare and conservation.

In 2016, PASA started a grant to make it possible for African sanctuary staff to attend our annual Strategic Development Conference. The conference brings together sanctuary directors and managers to discuss challenges in conservation and welfare, find solutions, and become stronger organizations.

Click to find out how PASA's grant is cultivating the next generation of leaders in African animal conservation. https://pasaprimates.org/awareness/building-leadership-across-africas-sanctuaries

Another Endangered Baby is Saved

Tragically, this sweet little gorilla is yet another victim of the illegal wildlife trade.
 
Bobga was very small when his mother and family were slaughtered for meat as they tried to protect him. Though he survived, what he saw will probably scar him forever.

Like many other orphans of the bushmeat  trade, Bobga was tied up and kept as a novelty pet. When rescuers found out, they hurried to free him as soon as possible.  

Click to watch the moment rescuers cut the rope that was knotted tightly around Bobga’s foot: https://pasaprimates.org/donate-to-limbe

Bobga was brought to sanctuary at Limbe Wildlife Centre, a PASA member in Cameroon. The staff are giving him all the love and tender care he needs at this delicate age, but they can only do this with your help.

What Will You Be Remembered For?

Have you made a Will? Have you considered including nonprofits such as PASA?

When I became involved with PASA, I learned how the organization turns donations into lasting changes that protect primates throughout Africa. I visited PASA member wildlife centers in Africa and saw first-hand that PASA and our members save lives and protect our closest relatives from extinction.

It seemed natural to include PASA in my Will, so I can be sure this essential work will continue. It was easy, and it only took a few minutes.

Including PASA in your Will is a decision you can make today about what happens with your money when you no longer need it. It doesn’t have any impact on you during your lifetime, so everyone can do it whether wealthy or not. Friends, will you leave a legacy as a primate protector?

Very best wishes,

Gregg Tully
Executive Director
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

PS: Don't miss this incredible video of a baby gorilla rescue! https://pasaprimates.org/donate-to-limbe

Bobga, just after being rescued
Bobga, just after being rescued
Apr 2, 2018

Edutainment films - pioneering conservation

Children in D.R. Congo watching edutainment films
Children in D.R. Congo watching edutainment films

Dear friends,

 

Thank you so much for making it possible to use edutainment films to protect Africa’s great apes and monkeys.

 

An estimated 3,000 great apes are lost from the wild every year, and millions of acres of their habitat disappear every month. Furthermore, the horrific and rapidly growing bushmeat trade is now considered the greatest danger to the future of Africa’s wildlife. The threats to great apes are particularly imminent in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the only nation that is home to all of Africa’s great apes. Recent research found a shocking decline in eastern lowland gorillas of 77 percent since 1995 and a decline in eastern chimpanzees of 22 to 45 percent.

 

A root cause of these threats to great apes is a pervasive lack of awareness among the people of Africa about conservation. Many are unaware that the hunting and consumption of wildlife is robbing Africa of its natural heritage, that many species are alarmingly close to extinction, and that the current rate of habitat loss will soon leave Africa without enough forest to sustain some species.

 

 

The edutainment films

 

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)’s Edutainment Films Program addresses this issue. In collaboration with our member organizations across Africa and a number of filmmakers, we are widely distributing edutainment films that are highly entertaining and engaging and contain messaging about wildlife conservation. PASA has secured the rights to distribute more than 25 films free of charge, most of which are in French as well as English. The majority were made in Africa for African audiences and address conservation issues that are highly relevant to the everyday lives of African communities. The fact that the films are enjoyable facilitates distributing them on a large scale, capturing people’s attention, and producing lifelong changes in their attitudes and behaviors that affect wildlife.

 

The films address topics such as the illegal hunting and snaring, arrests and imprisonment of poachers, consequences of trafficking wild animals and wildlife products, the illicit pet trade, ways to resolve human-wildlife conflict, and habitat exploitation. Some of the videos provide viewers with the animals’ perspective, to instill empathy and teach them that animals have the capacity to suffer. Many of the plots feature African children who make meaningful changes that protect wildlife, which inspires and motivates African youth who watch the films.

 

Implementation of the program

 

The goal of the program is to protect great apes from extinction by educating millions of people throughout Africa about the illegal hunting of endangered species, illicit pet trafficking, habitat destruction, and other conservation issues, and inspiring them to take action. Your support has made it possible to implement this program in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where lack of public awareness is a significant barrier to reducing the wildlife trade and habitat loss.

 

Because of your support, the program has reached 29,932 people (16,580 children and 13,352 adults) in D.R. Congo and motivated them to change their current and future actions in ways that reduce their negative effects on great apes and their habitat. Because parents act as models for their children, the program’s impact is expected to persist for generations.

 

Each of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance’s member organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo has a deep understanding of the local culture and has connections with school administrators, government officials, and other influential people that result from working in a country for decades. After obtaining permission from administrators in education departments and schools, PASA members largely distributed the edutainment films by integrating them into their diverse outreach and education programs in schools and in communities, using their existing program infrastructure to maximize the reach of the films.

 

Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre (CRPL) in South Kivu, eastern D.R. Congo, is in a hotspot of biodiversity. Their staff added the films as a component of their education programs in order to provide a new approach to conservation education. They use the films to inspire teachers as well as students in 14 schools around Kahuzi-Biega National Park, as well as Roots & Shoots clubs for youth who want to protect animals and the environment. Many schools in the area lack televisions and computers, but you enabled PASA to provide Lwiro with projectors, extra batteries, and related equipment so they can show the films in areas without infrastructure.

 

Lola ya Bonobo is located outside D.R. Congo’s capital of Kinshasa. Lola runs education programs that engage students and teachers in schools throughout the Kinshasa area, including “kindness for nature” clubs. They also hosts school groups, “kindness for nature” clubs, and other visitors at their sanctuary. Lola’s community awareness programs surrounding the Ekolo ya Bonobo conservation area, which is their bonobo reintroduction site in a remote area of D.R. Congo, reach tens of thousands of people.

 

Lola integrated the edutainment films into all of these education and awareness activities. Their staff use projectors and batteries provided because of your support to show the films even in the absence of electricity. Around Ekolo ya Bonobo, they often show the films in village centers and markets, and many residents of all ages come out to watch. Following screenings of the films, Lola’s outreach staff host discussions that reinforce the films’ lessons.

 


 

Evaluation of the Program’s Impact

 

A subset of program participants is selected to participate in the program evaluation. We use a pre-test/post-test format that consists of asking the same questions before and after the program to show changes in responses to each question. The evaluation questions were designed to assess people's actions, behaviors, and opinions, more than their knowledge, in order to determine the program’s effects on wildlife. The questions include diverse topics such as consuming bushmeat, keeping wildlife as pets, and empathy for animals.

 

We compared the responses to each question in the pre-test and post-test. Of the 18 questions that indicate people's appreciation for wildlife and nature and their understanding of threats to conservation, respondents demonstrated increases in 15 questions, with
changes of up to 63%.

 

Highlights include:

• An increase from 50% to 89% of respondents who said they would never eat bushmeat from any wild animal

• An increase from 37% to 100% of respondents who said they know that eating ape bushmeat can make them sick

• An increase from 60% to 100% of respondents who said it is better to grow food than hunt wild animals

 

Furthermore, through conversations with leaders of the PASA member organizations, we learned about effective implementation of the program and the resources needed, which enables us to improve the methodology and increase the program’s conservation impact in future years.

 

The implementation of the program and the evaluations are ongoing. We will conduct further assessments to determine the long-term results of the program on people's behaviors that have effects on conservation.

 

Conclusion

 

The Edutainment Films Program has already reached 29,932 people in D.R. Congo, and because PASA member organizations are continuing to show the films to large audiences, the program is expected to influence many more in the coming years. The conservation value of your support for the program will continue indefinitely.

 

On behalf of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance and our member wildlife centers across Africa, I would like to thank you for your invaluable support. You have made it possible to provide innovative, engaging lessons in conservation to tens of thousands of African youth, in addition to enabling us to launch a program in D.R. Congo which will continue for many years to come.

 

All best wishes,

Gregg Tully
Executive Director
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

gregg@pasaprimates.org

+1 971 712 8360

pasaprimates.org
facebook.com/pasaprimates

A scene from "Ajani's Great Ape  Adventures"
A scene from "Ajani's Great Ape Adventures"
 
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