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Nov 13, 2017

New York Times Sheds Light on Ape Smuggling Crisis

Baby gorilla for sale on Instagram
Baby gorilla for sale on Instagram

Front Page Story Reveals an Illegal Trade

The Size of the Industry is Shocking

 As the New York Times reported, international criminal gangs and corrupt government officials are the culprits behind a billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade.

Social media has brought this industry – and the horrific cruelty it causes – to an unprecedented scale. Smugglers in Africa, dealers in Southeast Asia, and private collectors in the Middle East use Instagram, Facebook and other platforms to message each other about buying and selling orphaned great apes who were stolen from the wild. They freely exchange information about prices and fraudulent permits.

The suffering inflicted on the victims of this trade is unimaginable.

These highly social animals are torn from their families when they’re babies. Many live in cages and develop self-destructive behaviors. When the apes are a few years older and become dangerous for people to handle, they’re often abandoned or killed.

“For every successful bust, wildlife specialists say, five to 10 other animals slip through. Poachers often wipe out entire families to get their hands on a single infant, which is far easier to smuggle.” – New York Times

Wildlife centers that are members of PASA have rescued thousands of primates from the illegal trade. They’re committed to giving them high-quality care and returning them to the wild whenever possible. Furthermore:

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Share the Petition to Stop Bushmeat Entering the U.S.

We want to thank all of you who have signed the petition that pressures U.S. Customs to crack down on the illegal import of meat from endangered species.
 
More than 82,000 people have signed the petition. Thanks to you, the number continues to grow!

Help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures. Click here to share the petition on social media or by email. If you haven’t signed it yet, please add your name.

 

 

Very best wishes,

Gregg Tully
Executive Director
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

A bushmeat market in West Africa
A bushmeat market in West Africa
Dedicated care by staff of a PASA member sanctuary
Dedicated care by staff of a PASA member sanctuary

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Oct 9, 2017

Saving endangered species through entertainment

The Super Kodo videos are new additions
The Super Kodo videos are new additions

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance is an association of 22 member organizations in 13 African countries, supported by a global network of specialists. PASA's achevements to rescue and protect Africa's great apes and monkeys are only possible because of the contributions of compassionate people like you.

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance is ideally positioned to effect large-scale change to conserve humanity’s closest relatives. They’ve never needed our help more urgently than right now.

Thanks to you, PASA’s Edutainment Films Program has been wildly successful. Nature for Kids, a nonprofit organization that makes films with messages about wildlife conservation and environmental protection, produced three excellent videos for African youth about a boy named Ajani who learns the importance of protecting great apes. Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center, a PASA member organization in Cameroon, arranged for the videos to be shown to an audience of 75,000 people on Cameroon’s train system and many more on national television.

Now PASA is collaborating with 10 member organizations in 8 African countries to use these films to inspire and educate hundreds of thousands of people. Expanding the program to each new country requires support to buy projectors and laptops, and for transportation for education staff to go to schools. Thank you so much for making it possible. We hope you will continue to help this urgently needed program.

Children in Zambia enjoying the films
Children in Zambia enjoying the films

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Aug 21, 2017

Leaders of the Movement to Save Great Apes and Mon

A baby chimp rescued by a PASA member sanctuary
A baby chimp rescued by a PASA member sanctuary

Forging a Stronger Conservation Community

Dear friends,

PASA is busy planning our 18th annual conference for the leaders of our member wildlife centers. Many of them live at sanctuaries that are deep in the African bush, without reliable internet, phones, or even electricity. Saying they’re isolated is an understatement.

They’ve repeatedly said that PASA’s Strategic Development Conference is one of the most valuable ways we empower them. It’s the only time each year that they get together with a group of people who face the same extraordinary challenges that they do and who work to achieve the same goals – saving Africa’s primates and their habitat from disappearing forever.  


PASA’s next conference will be in Zambia in September. PASA members told us the most important topics are strategic planning and financial management – not the most exciting, but absolutely essential for running a sustainable, effective organization.

Many of the leaders of PASA member organizations are lifelong volunteers and don’t take a salary. Almost none of the organizations have budgets for international travel. The conference will only be possible if you help to cover the necessary costs for the sanctuary leaders to attend.
 
Engaging African Communities

For the first time ever, the conference will occur side-by-side with a workshop for people who manage education programs and community development projects. PASA members have decades of experience living alongside local communities and running conservation programs. They’re ideally positioned to use public awareness to convince communities to stop illegally hunting wild animals, selling baby apes and monkeys as pets, and destroying habitat. They also give job training that provides sustainable alternatives.

The combination of the conference and the workshop makes this PASA’s largest event ever. You can make it possible.
 
Cultivating African Leaders

Hiring and cultivating future leaders is a daunting challenge for many PASA member organizations, especially those that work in very remote areas or unstable countries. To address this, PASA launched the Leadership Development Program which enables promising African management staff to come to the Strategic Development Conference and join PASA’s global network.

Last year, Raymond of Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue was the first participant in the program.

Based on its success, we’re expanding it to more rising stars.

Will you enable African staff to come to the conference and become future leaders?

Very best wishes,

Gregg Tully
Executive Director
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

Leaders of the movement to save apes and monkeys
Leaders of the movement to save apes and monkeys
PASA sanctuary staff at last year's conference
PASA sanctuary staff at last year's conference

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