Feb 5, 2018

Breaking News: Baby Chimp Rescued from Torture

Tita, when her rescuers found her
Tita, when her rescuers found her

Dear friends,

This may be the hardest email I’ve ever had to write. It’s also one of the most important.

I need to tell you the shocking story of Tita – the baby chimpanzee who was saved from a violent death by her brave mother, sister, and a heroic crew of rescuers and caregivers. Please note, this email contains graphic details and images of animal abuse.

Last month, just before Christmas, the EAGLE network in Guinea received a call about a chimpanzee in grave danger. When they arrived, they discovered a scene more gruesome than they could have imagined.

Three wild chimpanzees had been captured and tortured. Only one was still alive - a baby girl, of only about 10 months old.

The bodies of her mother and sister lay limp on the floor, where they were brutally murdered moments before.

Rescuers learned that two wildlife traffickers had tortured the chimp family, and that the mother and sister fought with everything they had to save the life of the baby chimp. The older sister, also a young chimpanzee, defended her baby sister for hours. Eventually the poachers set their dogs on the older sister, tied her up and beat her to death.

The baby chimp was alive, but just barely.

Along with witnessing the murder of her mother and sister, she suffered from an infection in her eyes and a broken arm, and her fingernails had been viciously torn out. We don’t know why or how this happened to her, and I can’t comprehend how a person could commit such atrocities. But rescuers knew they had to save her life.

The members of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance provide lifelong homes to rescued orphans like Tita. There are over 3,000 primates in the care of our members who were saved from hunters and smugglers.

The Long Road to Recovery

The baby chimp was swiftly taken to PASA member Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC). The staff were incredibly relieved when she ate, drank, and showed signs of life.

They decided to name the little orphan Tita. It means “sister” in the local language, in memory of Tita’s older sister who gave her life protecting her.

Tita is deeply traumatized by being tortured and from the shock of watching her mother and sister brutally murdered. Now CCC staff is caring for her night and day, and providing her with medical treatment and nutritious food to build back her strength.

They’re doing everything possible to save her life, and every day she’s growing a little bit stronger.
But Tita is very fragile and we aren’t sure if she’ll make it.

Tita’s road to recovery will take a long time, and the costs of her extensive veterinary care will be tremendous. CCC is dedicated to doing everything they can for her, but they have limited resources. They can’t save her without you.

Please donate to give her the medical care she desperately needs.

We can’t give Tita her mother and sister back. We can’t undo the trauma she has seen and felt. But with your support, we can help Tita survive.

Her mother and sister died for her to live -- don't let them die in vain. Give now to save Tita.

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

PS: You have the ability to do something amazing. Please donate today to give life-saving medical care to a little chimp who suffered through unthinkable cruelty.

Now Tita is in the care of CCC, a PASA member
Now Tita is in the care of CCC, a PASA member


Jan 2, 2018

Pioneering the use of environmental films

Education Is the Key to Stopping the Threats to African Wildlife.

PASA and our member wildlife centers across Africa are running a pioneering program that uses high-quality, engaging films to teach conservation and empathy for animals.

Our goal is to protect wildlife and its habitat by changing the behavior of millions of people across Africa. We have approval to use more than a dozen films that were made for African audiences, and we’re continually seeking more.

Since the films are entertaining, our members can arrange for them to be shown on national TV, in schools, on public transportation, and at their rescue centers.

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, a PASA member in Zambia, has a thriving community education program. They even built a school so that 120 local children – many of whom have parents who work at the Orphanage – can have a proper education.

Furthermore, Chimfunshi has developed an adult literacy program which empowers the local women of the community.

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage recently showed the first episode of Ajani’s Great Ape Adventures to the children in their school, as well as adults, who all watched it enthusiastically. Chimfunshi’s education staff will show more edutainment films throughout the school year, and the students will fill out surveys so we can assess what they’ve learned about animal welfare and environmental conservation.

We Can’t Do It Without You.

Chimfunshi is eager to expand the program to five more schools and to their new Conservation Education Club. However, funding is needed to make this possible.

Additionally, the native language in the area is Bemba and many people have a limited understanding of English. For them to fully absorb the messaging, we need to translate the films into Bemba.

By donating, you will make it possible to record a translation of a different film every month,making the films accessible to people throughout Africa.

With your monthly contribution of $20, each month you’ll enable a new classroom of students to watch films about animal protection and do activities that build on the lessons in the films.

We can educate millions of people to protect animals throughout Africa – but only with your help.   


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:

We can’t do it without you! Please make this work possible by donating today.


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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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