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Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc.

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500 A Haloa Rd Haiku HI 96708 USA

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Pacific Primate Sanctuary is located on the Island of Maui, Hawaii and is staffed by volunteers. The Sanctuary was founded in 1984 to provide safe haven and rehabilitation for threatened, endangered and distressed Central and South American monkeys given refuge from research laboratories, and rescued from tourist attractions and the pet trade. The Sanctuary has created naturalistic habitats where displaced primates can reclaim some of their birthright, living outdoors in rainforest enclosures in social groups. The Sanctuary maintains a successful federally authorized rehabilitation program for threatened and endangered New World Primates, including tamarins, marmosets, capuchin, and spider monkeys. PPS also offers resident immersion internships and innovative environmental education programs to students, volunteers and the community to help end the mass extermination of the Earth's plants and animals and promote respect for all living things.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I began my journey at this organization about 4 months ago and it has truly exceeded my expectations! The monkeys at PPS are taken care of with such love and compassion; you can tell that they are comfortable, and happy. The values at PPS continue to be held and highest standards by the numerous management, interns, and volunteers that donate their time to the needs of each unique monkey. Being part of the Pacific Primate Sanctuary has been a true blessing.

 
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I have been Volunteering at Pacific Primate Sanctuary for over 8 years, and it has become my life work. PPS is a place that brings me so much joy, gratification and satisfaction. In a world where deforestation, extinction, and exploitation of animals and natural resources abound, it feels so amazing to be able to donate my time and skills to a place where the animals come first, where every single life is valued and respected. Through my work at PPS, I feel that I am able to make a difference and do something positive. I have watched with wonder and pride a a marmoset who didn't "speak" the language of his kind ,because he was taken from his mother as an infant for the inhuman pet trade, learn to vocalize and communicate with other marmosets. I have seen a pair of tamarins, who spent the first 10 years of their lives in a sterile, cold laboratory environment, take their first tentative steps outside and eventually leap and bound across branches with the sun on their back and a light breeze rippling through their fur. PPS makes these things possible for beings that have been exploited, abused and traumatized, and allows them to finally become monkeys.

 
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Pacific Primate Sanctuary is committed to providing compassionate, skilled care to New World Primates. The monkeys are given refuge from tourist attractions, research laboratories and the inhumane exotic pet trade. As a volunteer for 7 years, I have had the great joy to watch animals who spent 10 years in windowless laboratories take their first tentative steps outside to see the sky and feel the wind and sun. I have heard monkeys, who were kept as pets their whole lives, make brand new vocalizations. These calls were learned from being in contact with their own species- who they had never been able to interact with before. Each individual monkey is treated with respect and kindness, and special attention is paid to their own specific needs. The monkeys are not the only ones who benefit at this wonderful Sanctuary; PPS has an amazing Internship program. Resident Interns come to the Sanctuary for one year to learn all about New World Primate Care, including general husbandry, special individual care, emergency procedures, medical care and enclosure design and maintenance. Local Volunteers are provided with a unique opportunity to care for Threatened and Endangered primates. The Sanctuary also offers free educational outreach to local schools. I am honored to be a part of Pacific Primate Sanctuary!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

A truly great nonprofit organization that provides unconditional love and care to primates in need.

 
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It is truly a privilege working with these primates, many of whom are critically endangered. They receive so much love and attention from their caregivers. The facility is meticulously maintained for their health and well being. PPS strives to give the primates the best life in captivity possible, allowing them to live naturally and break free from the cycle of exploitation. PPS' compassionate approach succeeds in counteracting some of the abuse that has been inflicted on the primates in the past by recognizing the intrinsic value of all living beings.

 
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The Pacific primate sanctuary is a truly exceptional non profit! Their primary objective is to give monkeys whom have known cruelty, abuse, and exploitation a chance to live out the rest of their lives with the peace, dignity, and respect that all creatures deserve. The animals are given the highest quality of care (spacious clean living space, healthy fresh food, and medical attention) with every consideration for their physical and mental well being. It is comforting to know that there are people out there compassionate enough to try and right some of the wrong that has been done to these animals. In a world facing mass extinction and serious habitat loss, it is high time for humans to be leaders in environmental stewardship and show compassion for all living things.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I started volunteering at this organization 10 months ago and it has absolutely been one of the best decisions I've ever made. PPS is a model sanctuary, where the staff does everything in their power to care for the wellbeing of the individuals over anything else. The monkeys here are incredibly unique - each with their own personalities, quirks, and stories. They have found refuge at PPS, where they can live out their days playing, grooming, and lounging in the sun just as they would in the wild. I plan to offer my support to PPS long after my time as an intern ends.

 
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I began working for the Pacific Primate Sanctuary almost a year ago. This organization is amazing in so many ways. I could tell right from the beginning that the needs of the animals took priority over the needs of all of the caregivers and that the caregivers were joyful about this. What makes this sanctuary unique is that each individual's needs are met in such an intimate way. We are constantly adapting our protocol to ensure it is in the best interest of the monkeys.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I've been following the work of PPS since its inception. It is a superb organization with a profoundly meaningful mission. Unqualified recommendation.

 
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Aloha! I have been working with the sanctuary for about a decade and am honored to help with this life giving program. These primates are beautiful people whom deserve the best life possible. I will continue to help this non profit in as many ways as possible....as with everything worth doing in life it takes time, energy, resources, and of course lots of love. Thank you monkeys for making this planet a better place by teaching us how to live with it. love y'all.

 
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Pacific Primate Sanctuary was an amazing and insiperational experience, the volenteers and primates will always be in my heart

 
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My story is about 2 spider monkeys that will always have a place in my heart.
The story of Carlos & Montana began quite awhile ago at the Maui County Zoo, I have not a lot of details to share on their lives there, other that the cages weren't big & the zoo was closed down because the County could no longer care for the animals properly.
There next "home" was at a tourist attraction on Maui where i worked and met the two brothers. We did the best that we could for them, the "cage " was bigger but it still was a "cage". I remember that the Pacific Primate Sanctuary came & gave us lessons on how to properly care for them. I know it wasn't the "right" home yet for them but we honestly & lovingly did the best we could for them. we grew fresh fruit on the farm which they received & the restaurant kitchen prepared their meals.
They knew us & we knew them. As with life, changes happen, my boss & i were laid off due to the economy, we were their "care givers" and we were leaving. Both of us were more worried about them, then for us finding new jobs.
The last day that my boss fed & cared for them, the two brother spider monkeys touched him at the same time, almost to say good bye & this "macho" man cried.
The new replacement "care givers" were not interested in having 2 monkeys to take care of & there were rumors going around that the brothers would be put down. The twosome must have a guardian angel, because somehow word got to the Pacific Primate Sanctuary to come & rescue the spider monkeys and they did.
PPS took so much care in getting the brothers ready to travel to PPS from the Maui tourist attraction and then the preparation for their new enclosure for Carlos & Montana at PPS was just unbelievable!
The two have been at PPS over 5 years, the enclosure has been expanded, has live plants & so much more. The boys are truly in paradise which they so deserve.
When I receive newsletters from PPS, I look for the photos and any stories on Carlos & Montana first. I am so impressed by all the articles in the newsletters and how much professional care goes into taking care of the residents at PPS. You feel the love that is given to each one of them and the respect that all of them receive.
Please support this nonprofit for giving a second chance to all the primates at PPS!

 
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