As an aspiring primatologist who believes first and foremost in the ethical treatment of all living beings, I chose to apply for an internship at PPS after reviewing primate sanctuaries across the globe. PPS stood out to me for their deep level of compassion for primates in need and their high level of caring for their animals which, in my opinion, is second to none. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a full-time intern at PPS, and knew immediately upon arrival that I had made the right choice. Every person who volunteers at PPS does so with the greatest level of empathy and respect for these wonderful animals, doing everything they can to give these wonderful creatures the highest level of animal care.
I choose to volunteer at the Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc. because like my fellow volunteers and interns, everything we do at the sanctuary is in the interest of the monkeys. The primates we care for are not exploited, and are treated with the upmost respect. This volunteering positions allows me to become introduced to the fields of biology, behavior sciences, nutrition and caregiving. I personally enjoy learning about dietary needs for the varied species of primates, monkey identification, and sanitization of the enclosures.
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.
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.
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!
A truly great nonprofit organization that provides unconditional love and care to primates in need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I've been following the work of PPS since its inception. It is a superb organization with a profoundly meaningful mission. Unqualified recommendation.
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.