CENTER FOR GREAT APES

Rating: 4.98 stars   65 reviews 517

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 488 Wauchula FL 33873 USA

Mission: The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Apes can live to the age of approximately 60 years in captivity.
Results: Our single greatest accomplishment to date was in getting the largest supplier of great apes in entertainment to agree to discontinue the use of great apes in movies, television and advertising, sending his 22 orangutans and chimpanzees to our sanctuary to live out their lives. This year our new orangutan nighthouse and habitats were completed in time to accept two new rescue orangutans from Iowa. Successfully advocated to stop the use of orangutans in Robitussin advertising -- the company did a beautiful job of replacing the juvenile performing orangutan in their TV ad with a computer-generated image.
Target demographics: Apes in entertainment, research labs or in the pet industry in need of permanent sanctuary, either due to retirement or due to the danger they represent to their communities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 44 ... 13 orangutans and 31 chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes has the largest population of adult orangutans in North America.
Geographic areas served: We receive apes from all over the United States.
Programs: Great Ape Rescue Fund provides funds necessary to rescue and care for orangutans and chimpanzees in dire need of permanent sanctuary. Great Ape Veterinary Fund helps to fund veterinary service for the 44 great apes in our care. Power to the Primates Fund helps to fund the increasingly high cost of electricity to heat the ape nighthouses during the last two winters of record-breaking cold and running fans during the excessively hot Florida summers experienced lately. Education and Advocacy programs reach out to inform the general public about the plight of captive great apes and great apes in the wild. Advocacy Program promotes advocacy for the ban on the use of apes in biomedical testing and in entertainment.
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www.centerforgreatapes.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've been visiting The Center for about five years. Each time I visit I feel like I am going home to visit old friends. It is a fabulous sanctuary. The ape lives' they have saved, the stories. I promise, if you visit, you will be moved to tears. But its all good. The apes have forever, wonderful homes with wonderful volunteers caring for them.

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2013

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I have been visiting the center for several years at their annual member open-houses. It is one of the most moving, wondrful places I have encountered for rescued animals. Their level of care and compassion for the chimps and orangatangs is amazing.The stories of these animals is most heart-renching. But, when you are able to look into their eyes and know that they have finally found a safe haven, it gives one hope. It is truly an amazing place.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't think of one

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Great Apes is truly a sanctuary....not open to the public (although they have a robust education/intern program & are open to visits from school/university/church/senior groups), does not breed or sell great apes, provides large living spaces, good nutrition and enrichment. This past summer there was a critical health issue with one of the adult male orangutans and 24 hour care was required to ensure his post surgical recovery - this went on for many weeks. The volunteers who drove many miles and stayed for hours on end at his side are a testament to the compassion the Center inspires. Patti Ragan, the founder and executive director walks the walk and spent most nights in the clinic just outside the orangutan's enclosure. Thankfully, the orangutan is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery. I am honored to serve on the Center's board and look forward to many years of service to a truly worthwhile organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase our donor base to provide more funds for operations.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2013

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After volunteering for several years at the Center for Orangutan & Chimpanzee Conservation (aka Center for Great Apes; CGA) I was elected to the board. What an incredible group of selfless people. The apes are always first -- donations are put to work immediately in improving the lives of our residents, many of whom have come from abusive situations. It is heartwarming to watch the apes blossom from cowed and cowardly apes into proud & loud orangutans & chimpanzees! While not open to the public (it really is a sanctuary), those who join at www.centerforgreatapes.org may come to see the apes twice a year at Member Events. And the apes remember our visitors from year to year & greet returning friends with pant hoots & long calls of joy!

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was totally amazed when I visited the Center for Great Apes two years ago. The facilities for these animals, which mostly did not have happy lives before going there, are incredible. They have space to play, get to know each other, and walk around to explore. Some arrived in terrible condition, but they were nurtured and nursed back to health and happiness. Patti Ragan, her staff, and their volunteers are to be commended for their steadfast efforts to make the lives of these primates the best they can possibly be.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase donations so they could continue to enlarge their facilities and take on new primates.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wow! When I was invited to visit the Center I knew I was in for a special day but my expectations were far exceeded. As an animal lover I was excited to see beautiful creatures in a loving environment. It is a home filled with boundless love, heartfelt care, the sincere effort in keeping the animals interested and entertained while maintaining the health and safety of all involved, animals and humans alike. Volunteering here is a privilege and an honor. Supporting the Center for Great Apes is a act of love.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing group! Animals are we all and life is an art form. These understand this and live it.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

Great organization comprising of a wonderful group of individuals that try their best to rescue primates and ensure that they have a happy and fulfilling life.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Simply reading of the dedication of so many professionals and volunteers, ( especially in the recent health emergencies, and long recovery time of BamBam ), tells me that the Center For Great Apes is well deserving of a title of "A Great Non- Profit Charity".
I only wish, that those destroying the lives and habitats of these magnificent creatures, would suddenly realise how much damage they are doing to every one's future.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it Government funding.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited Center Fro Great Apes numerous times. The habitats for the animals are amazing. The animals appear to be very happy and healthy. It is obvious that the needs of the animals comes first. As a guide takes you around to see the animals they educate the guests on the plight of these animals both in the wild and in captivity. They show you ways that you can help. To sum it up this is a wonderful sanctuary that is promoting conservation as well as compassion for animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spent a day volunteering and signed up to receive emails after. The mission fills a gap in the non-profit community. The facilities are wonderful; they provide a beautiful home with lots of space for the great apes and continue to build. On top of it they are efficient with volunteers and make sure they communicate with them so awareness for their cause continues to spread. I'm always impressed with their monthly newsletters.

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Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was lucky enough to spend a day volunteering on the grounds with Animal Warriors recently.
I was very impressed with the dedication of volunteers and staff, as well as by the amazing enclosures, their safety procedures, and amazing care of the apes.

This organization is wonderful and I follow then on Facebook, watching their enrichment and celebration of the apes in their care.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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