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Erin84

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Review for Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc., Haiku, HI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc., Haiku, HI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer