Apr 21, 2017

60% of Primate Species Now Face Extinction

A wildlife trafficker arrested by a forest patrol
A wildlife trafficker arrested by a forest patrol

Tragically, the plight of Africa’s chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, and bonobos is more desperate than ever.
• Wildlife trafficking is the fourth largest criminal enterprise in the world, behind drugs, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.
• Recent research found that about 60% of primate species are now threatened with extinction, and 75% are in decline.
• It's expected that within 13 years, 90% of great ape habitat will be damaged in some way by humans.

However, the news isn’t all bleak. Because of your support, the 22 organizations that are members of PASA are leading an effort throughout Africa to protect the remaining wild primates as well as their rapidly disappearing habitat. They have spent decades working year-round in Africa to protect wildlife, and have developed strong collaborative relationships with government agencies and local communities. They use these relationships to create long-term changes that are helping to save our closest relatives from extinction.

• 13 PASA member organizations regularly send forest patrols into crucial wildlife habitat in 10 African countries. These ecoguards put their lives on the line to arrest smugglers and remove cruel traps and snares.
• PASA members in 7 countries have successfully worked with governments to create new national parks and other protected areas.
• Since lack of law enforcement is a widespread problem in Africa, 17 PASA member organizations in 13 countries are lobbying for better protection of wild primates and their habitat. 9 organizations have successfully backed stronger habitat protection laws.
• 15 PASA member wildlife centers are conducting reforestation projects in wildlife habitat.

We can’t stand by while some of the most intelligent species on earth are hunted and trafficked to extinction.

PASA member wildlife centers are leading an effort to save numerous primate species from disappearing forever. You can join the movement – please donate now.

We don’t have any time to spare. Without your support, I worry that soon it will be too late to save chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and many monkey species from extinction.

Protecting primates together,
Gregg Tully
Executive Director
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

PS: We urgently need support we can depend on to expand our programs. Please give today.

Wildlife habitat is being devastated
Wildlife habitat is being devastated

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Apr 21, 2017

60% of Primate Species Now Face Extinction

A wildlife trafficker arrested by a forest patrol
A wildlife trafficker arrested by a forest patrol

Tragically, the plight of Africa’s chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, and bonobos is more desperate than ever.
• Wildlife trafficking is the fourth largest criminal enterprise in the world, behind drugs, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.
• Recent research found that about 60% of primate species are now threatened with extinction, and 75% are in decline.
• It's expected that within 13 years, 90% of great ape habitat will be damaged in some way by humans.

However, the news isn’t all bleak. Because of your support, the 22 organizations that are members of PASA are leading an effort throughout Africa to protect the remaining wild primates as well as their rapidly disappearing habitat. They have spent decades working year-round in Africa to protect wildlife, and have developed strong collaborative relationships with government agencies and local communities. They use these relationships to create long-term changes that are helping to save our closest relatives from extinction.

Your support for the program to use entertaining films with conservation messaging is invaluable. You're making it possible to influence millions of people across Africa.

• 13 PASA member organizations regularly send forest patrols into crucial wildlife habitat in 10 African countries. These ecoguards put their lives on the line to arrest smugglers and remove cruel traps and snares.
• PASA members in 7 countries have successfully worked with governments to create new national parks and other protected areas.
• Since lack of law enforcement is a widespread problem in Africa, 17 PASA member organizations in 13 countries are lobbying for better protection of wild primates and their habitat. 9 organizations have successfully backed stronger habitat protection laws.
• 15 PASA member wildlife centers are conducting reforestation projects in wildlife habitat.

We can’t stand by while some of the most intelligent species on earth are hunted and trafficked to extinction.

PASA member wildlife centers are leading an effort to save numerous primate species from disappearing forever. You can join the movement – please donate now.

We don’t have any time to spare. Without your support, I worry that soon it will be too late to save chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and many monkey species from extinction.

Protecting primates together,
Gregg Tully
Executive Director
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

PS: We urgently need support we can depend on to expand our programs. Please give today.

Wildlife habitat is being devastated
Wildlife habitat is being devastated

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Jan 23, 2017

A devastating surge in wildlife poaching

A shocking amount of ivory has been confiscated
A shocking amount of ivory has been confiscated

African elephants have faced a devastating surge in poaching in the past decade. Ivory prices reached $1,000 per pound on the Chinese market in 2012 as reports emerged of militant groups in Africa conducting mass elephant slaughters to fund their operations.

The African elephant population plummeted an estimated 30%. Conservation groups worldwide have been scrambling to get the message out.

I’m happy to tell you that the combined global efforts have paid off. China, which is responsible for purchasing 70% of the world’s ivory, recently committed to shutting down its domestic ivory trade. China pledged to close dozens of its 34 licensed carving factories and 143 retailers in March 2017, and to shut down all of them and ban the commercial processing and sale of modern ivory by the end of 2017.

We hope this will enable the dwindling elephant population to bounce back. Read more about this in PASA’s Latest News.

China Is a Hub of Great Ape Trafficking

The proliferation of small, unaccredited zoos in China has created a new demand for wildlife to fill their cages and enclosures, which has driven prices to shocking heights. It’s likely that thousands of great apes have been smuggled to China for this purpose. Infant chimpanzees have been trafficked to China for as much as $25,000 and gorillas for $40,000. In addition to being sold to zoos, these animals become victims of the illegal pet trade and the entertainment industry. China might be the most important country for wildlife protection.

China’s use of great apes in entertainment is particularly disturbing. The incredibly popular reality TV show “Wonderful Friends” paired celebrities with wildlife in unnatural and sometimes dangerous situations. This perpetuates the belief that great apes are suitable pets, rather than wild animals urgently in need of protection. Thanks to international backlash, there will not be a second season of the show.

An estimated 3,000 great apes disappear from the wild every year.

Yet apes aren’t in the headlines like elephants and rhinos are. Sometimes they almost seem to be forgotten. Together, we can change this.

Now that China has made a monumental decision to protect an iconic African species, this is the perfect time to intensify PASA’s campaign to raise awareness about the desperate plight of Africa’s primates. Rising international pressure can encourage the Chinese government, as well as other governments, to crack down on the trafficking of great apes.

Our campaign is only as strong as the people who support it.

Africa’s endangered primates urgently need you. Make your voice heard by donating today.

With your contribution to PASA, you will be a part of the global movement to bring primate conservation to the forefront and make change happen.

Time is running out. Please donate now to save our closest relatives from extinction.

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

P.S. The great apes are depending on YOU.

Infant chimpanzees are stolen from the wild
Infant chimpanzees are stolen from the wild
China's use of great apes in entertainment
China's use of great apes in entertainment

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