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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: 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.

Programs: Provided a wildlife refuge for the protection and preservation of over 50 simian species in need.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is run entirely by Volunteers to selflessly serve threatened animals who have suffered because of human ignorance and greed. It is a small light which illuminates a great darkness. PPS stands for the sacredness of all Beings and an end to "Speciesism" which threatens to destroy all life on Earth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been following the work of this brilliant and loving primate sanctuary for decades. It's almost impossible to find enough superlatives to describe the healing salve that Lucy, Erin and the dedicated team of volunteers spread liberally on the animals which find at PPS a place of safety. These wonderful primates - who fill such a vital niche in the wild - have been claimed for the most abusive and selfish reasons, totally unnecessary reasons. PPS stops at nothing to rescue those who have suffered so needlessly. Not only does PPS provide a tender and professional sanctuary for each individual monkey, but their work day in and day out has been helping to educate the public, helping to instil a deep respect for all animals. Follow their work online and please consider providing a donation to help this important charity continue its work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having known PPS founder Lucy Lerner Wormser for over 50 years, it came as no surprise to discover her determination to provide a caring sanctuary for monkeys who had been so badly abused and exploited. Nearly all traces of their spark of life were dimmed, but with her tenacity and her inspiration passed along to a dedicated team of volunteers, friends, and family, PPS has gone from strength to strength. Although the sanctuary's primary purpose is to envelop the animals in an atmosphere of inter-species care, I've witnessed its work over decades become a valuable educational resource for professionals and students alike. It's a true exemplar of how nurture and nature can meld together for the benefit of all primates, including humans. Lucy and PPS deserve every accolade. Thank you PPS! Beth Porter, England

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am just a donor. I live on the shores of the North Atlantic, some 5,000 miles from the Pacific Primate Sanctuary. I have never been to the sanctuary; never been to Hawaii. One evening in 2008 I was half-listening to NPR as I prepared dinner. They were running a series on sounds that are common in the lives of some people but might be virtually unknowable to the rest of us. I heard a woman's voice and what sounded like the chirping, chattering of birds in the background. As I paid closer attention I learned that the "birds" were actually monkeys, as heard by the sanctuary volunteers as they entered the enclosure each morning. And, of course, the voice was Lucy Wormser's. Lucy said that before the monkeys arrived at the sanctuary they had never felt the sun, the wind, rain on their fur, or seen the sky. Those words struck a chord deep in my soul.

The next day Google delivered me to PPS's doorstep and I made a donation. The following day I received a kind, welcoming email from Lucy. We have been friends ever since. Over the years I have learned much about the serious research and other work performed at PPS. But, as a layperson, what touches me most is the love and compassion for the monkeys that I feel every single time I interact with PPS. And best of all, of course, are the monkeys. In every picture or video clip, they positively glow with well-being and joy.

Just thinking about the monkeys living out their natural lives together in such a loving place brings me a special kind of peace. I can sit quietly in my chair here and, soon enough, I hear the monkeys "singing" in their beautiful safe haven provided by Lucy, her staff, and all the dedicated volunteers.



1 april0416

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been part of a team that has donated automation products to PPS to assist in the day to day life support for the primates that live there. Each time we come to check in on our products we get to see miracles at work. Erin, Lucy, and the rest of the group at PPS are some of the most compassionate and caring people that I know. They treat each primate with as much care and love as one would bestow upon a small child. Thank you so much for making our world a better place and caring for these very important members of our rain forests!!

1 Nick47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate was the most welcoming in taking care of an imperial marmoset that I had as a pet. I called and Lucy answered the phone and was eager to take him into the sanctuary. i'm not quite sure what it was, but I trusted that she had the purest intentions of empathy and love for the monkeys. Five years since they have taken in my marmoset and whenever I ask for updates one is sent to me by Erin. I'm sent the most in depth and descriptive updates of whats happening at the sanctuary. They feed the monkeys the proper diet and are constantly trying to make the sanctuary better. The monkeys are groomed and are treated with respect which is something I would love to be a part of one day. I couldn't be more satisfied with Pacific Primate and don't know what the world would be like without loving and compassionate people like them.

1 Tez C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to undertake a year long Internship at the Pacific Primate Sanctuary, this was an amazing year of my life. The staff were all so caring and with so much love in their hearts for these beautiful monkeys. You could tell how much people enjoyed volunteering with the monkeys and I quickly started to feel like part of the family. Some of these monkeys were rescued from laboratories or from being ex-pets, it was disturbing to see the condition they were in when they arrived at the sanctuary and the un-natural behaviors they showed. But to see them in this safe and beautiful environment, with dedicated carers who allow them to just be monkeys again was amazing to witness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a privilege to be involved with Pacific Primate Sanctuary. As a member of the Board I am able to see how this organization benefits both the Primates they serve and they volunteer staff and interns that keep all aspects of the sanctuary running smoothly. I applaud all the past and present members of this organization who have given so much to make Pacific Primate Sanctuary a place of refuge for all the animals it serves. It is truly a model of how compassion and caring can create a positive impact. I encourage anyone who can contribute to Pacific Primate Sanctuary's work, physically or financially to do so knowing their contribution is directly benefiting the animals and furthering this important work. Blessings on Pacific Primate Sanctuary.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As Lucy Wormser puts it, Pacific Primate Sanctuary is truly an angel magnet. The people who come to volunteer their time and positive energy are compassionate, caring, and dedicated to providing care to new world primates deserving of a better life. I was fortunate enough to be selected as a resident intern at PPS and can't say enough about my experience there. The primary concern was always the well being and health of the primates entrusted to our care, first and foremost. The primates were treated with love, respect and dignity; PPS was THEIR sanctuary, THEIR home. One of my favorite Dr. Jane Goodall quotes reads "If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution and realize, at last, our most unique quality; humanity." Pacific Primate Sanctuary has always been a beautiful representation of this type of humanity, and I am honored to have been able to be a part of it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe and healing home for abused or neglected primates. Lucy, Erin, and the rest of the staff and volunteers are amazing in their tireless support and work for the primates in their care. The primates are given thoughtful and well researched care that provides for their varied needs, from health and nutrition, to emotional and social wellbeing. PPS is a more than just a place for primates, it is a healing and nurturing home for all of the primates that have been blessed by finding their way to this beautiful location.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Pacific Primate Sanctuary plays an extremely important role in the rescue and support of countless primates from laboratory "prisons" where they had undergone brutalizing tortures under the name of "research" ~ and they are helping to propagate many species who might have gone extinct without ther intervention.

Lucy Wormser and her staff are angels sent from Heaven for their loving and undying treatment of these little creatures. Thank you to each and every one of them. They are a blessing not only to the primates, but to all of humanity.