I am so thankful for my experience at APES. Everyone that volunteers there truly loves and cares about the primates. Pam White works so hard to keep the sanctuary running for her babies (the primates :) ). She cares about her volunteers as if they are her own children as well. If you want to support an animal nonprofit organization, this is the one! :)
I went to a fundraiser for my friend that is a volunteer here. We spent a few hours here and around the facilities. It was really nice to see the primates! They played with each other a lot. We also got to see them eat a bunch of fruit! The facilities were super clean and the owner and her family were very knowledgeable about the primates. I would love to go back!
Volunteering at A.P.E.S. has been an amazing experience that I will take with me my whole life. As a student at OSU studying Anthropology and focusing on primates, learning about primate care and forming relationships with the primates at A.P.E.S. has given me so much and continues to teach me about these animals and myself. These animals are very intelligent and while it takes a while to earn their trust, once they accept you into the group it is a feeling like no other. Stephanie, a gibbon ape and the oldest primate at A.P.E.S. took 17 months of me volunteering there to open up to me, but it was well worth the wait. I love volunteering here and I would recommend it to anyone interested in wildlife care, zoology, primatology or anthropology.
I started volunteering at APES in my last year of school at The Ohio State University, and stayed for a year before getting an opportunity to intern at Zoo Atlanta in 2014. I was a zoology major and I had the problem that many aspiring zookeepers have: I couldn't get an opportunity at any zoo without experience, but there was nowhere to get that initial exotic animal experience. I am grateful to APES for providing me with that experience. The owner, Pam, and her husband, Don, are some of the most dedicated and caring people I have had the pleasure of knowing. She trusts her volunteers with so much. She constantly provides us with support and knowledge, but is always willing to learn from us and grow herself. Her and her primates have given me memories that I will never forget and often miss. It is a small, quality sanctuary, that provides an exciting and educational experience for college students, animal lovers, and the community.
I volunteered at APES in college as an anthropology major specializing in primates. I learned more about primate behavior here than I did in any of my classes. The sanctuary is an incredible resource for students and educators, as well as a safe haven for primates who were acquired as pets by owners who could no longer keep them in their homes.
My daughter has been volunteering at A.P.E.S for a couple of years now. She is going into Wildlife Management at college and by being a volunteer here she has learned and experienced so much to help her with her goals. The sanctuary is exceptionally taken care of and Pam (the owner) cares for the primates like they were her children. I am truly impressed by the care the whole orginization gives to these animals. They are truly blessed to have Pam and the volunteers giving them so much love and attention.
Having the opportunity to be a part of this organization has tremendously impacted my life. I am growing as a student and learning to understand each primate’s mannerisms. This has given me an incredible insight into such a complex species. I progress with each interaction, from enrichment to general handling. They have given me a priceless experience and continue to challenge and surprise me. Beyond the interaction with ten Gibbions and two Capuchin monkeys, I am witness to the care and passion from every person involved. From the volunteers to the owner, Pam White, A.P.E.S. creates a warm and welcoming escape. If you are ever in the Blacklick area, and are interested in learning about these fascinating animals, there will always be a friendly face to greet you.
APES is a wonderful facility that provides a fun and loving home for gibbons and Capuchin monkeys. I worked there as a volunteer and I was amazed by the caring and attentive staff. The animals are well cared for and loved, and Pam the owner has done an amazing job teaching the community about her primates.
What a great organization to provide a happy and safe home to these animals - the facility is clean and bright and the animals are happy and engaged. Very engaged w/ the local community. One of the good ones....
APES has been a wonderful experience for me. I knew when I started I would enjoy volunteering, but I have grown to love it dearly. The primates are amazing to watch and learn from, and Pam the owner is great. She works so hard to keep the sanctuary running and her passion for the animals is inspiring. Volunteering at APES is one of the very beat choices I have ever made.