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

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77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Owen S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place full of beautiful and wonderful monkeys. There is a dedicated network of volunteers that make this sanctuary thrive due to their passion for animal wellbeing. I hope that the sanctuary can continue looking after these animals for many more years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pacific Primate sanctuary is a beautiful place of healing. This organization offers the highest quality care to the monkeys, going above and beyond to meet every need. The interns and volunteers are lovely, dedicated people, and it was a pleasure to work with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PPS is a loving place caring for wonderful beings! As a volunteer since 2016, my time spent caring for the monkeys has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The quality of care given to every individual is unmatched, and I am so grateful to have been a part of this amazing organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I began caring for the monkeys at Pacific Primate Sanctuary as a teen and today, over 25 years later, I serve as a board member. At the Sanctuary, the needs of the non-human primates come first. It’s not just a philosophy or mission statement; this organization and its small group of committed staff walks its talk with the utmost integrity, providing the highest caliber of care to the monkeys and exceptional education opportunities through its internship program. Here, every decision is informed by what’s best for the monkeys, which stands in stark contrast to the animals’ former lives on exhibit as tourist attractions or as test subjects in laboratories. I’m proud to be a part of the Sanctuary, helping to further awareness of the intrinsic value and rights of our extended primate family.

2 jwormser

Board Member

Rating: 5

I continue to be astonished that this organization can operate purely out of love and compassion for our fellow beings and without a single member taking a salary. It is something that this world needs more of and Pacific Primate Sanctuary more than deserves a five star review and support from the public.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am an attorney and board member and can personally attest to the fact that Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc. is the most genuinely altruistic organization that I've ever encountered. Nobody at the organization takes a salary and everyone is motivated purely out of a desire to care for the endangered and distressed primates that call the sanctuary home.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed Pacific Primate Sanctuary since its inception. The skill, devotion and compassion of their staff, volunteers and founding director are in my view peerless. On the heels of the United Nations report of the mass extinction of one million species in our lifetime, their mission is more relevant and more urgent than ever. They protect species from extinction and promote the biodiversity that makes our planet and all its inhabitants thrive.It is without qualification that I support the work of Pacific Primate Sanctuary and urge others to become familiar with their earth-saving work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a full-time volunteer at Pacific Primate Sanctuary for just over a year and a half and I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing project. This place is truly a Sanctuary. Providing individualized care for animals whose natural habitat is being destroyed daily has been rewarding beyond belief. Run by a fully volunteer staff, the Sanctuary works to create a calm and peaceful place for these endangered monkeys to live out their lives and I have learned an incredible amount in my time here, both from my coworkers and the monkeys alike. Just looking into the eyes of a tamarin you can see their soul and after a while, once you've fed and cared for them enough, you can feel the mutual trust between you. It is in these moments that I am reminded of why we dedicate our lives to this work, to give refuge to these beautiful souls and help them feel safe, some for the first time in their lives. I love PPS and will forever hold the monkeys in my heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning with Pacific Primate Sanctuary for just over a month now and I couldn't be happier. I chose this internship because it was a great learning opportunity. The sanctuary holds the knowledge of 30 years of experience from past and present volunteers and interns and I am happy to add to this collaboration. The focus of PPS is truly the monkeys and their wellbeing. We learn how to listen to their needs and read their signs in order to provide the best possible care for them. Each individual is treated and loved equally here and I am happy to be a part of the team.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Pacific Primate Sanctuary for many years. This is a unique organization in that, being run by volunteers who care for creatures that are quickly running out of habitat in the wild, the individuals who have found there way to the sanctuary are able to be cared for with respect and love by the staff who do all they can, what they can, for these beings. In doing so they take a stand against the tide of destruction.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this effort.
I encourage all to volunteer who can, and if you can not, please donate what you can and be a part of the Pacific Primate Sanctuary family.

Steven Wormser

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a unique organization being completely run by individuals who give their time and energy for the benefit of the animals in their care. It has been a privilege to be associated with this group of dedicated persons. The focus on continual learning, development of improved protocols and training has made the experience of working with the animals at Pacific Primate Sanctuary, a formative and important part of the growth of the volunteer and intern family. They are there to serve the Monkeys and do so with focused attention every day. Pacific Primate Sanctuary is truly a rare example of selfless giving in a world that is overwhelmed and controlled by self-interest. I encourage everyone who understands this peril to give to this organization in any way you can.
The destruction of our environment continues and the role of humans is undeniable. Here at Pacific Primate Sanctuary is an island of hope and positive action toward a better world. Thank you to Lucy and Erin who are the guiding force in this effort. You do it with compassion and determination, always for the monkeys.
Steven Wormser

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PPS is a truly a one-of-a-kind organization. At the Sanctuary, monkeys that have been rescued (i.e. from laboratories, the exotic pet trade) are able to live out full, enriching lives in a habitat much like the one they would inhabit in the wild. As a current resident intern at PPS, I can testify to the high standard of specialized care each monkey receives. The health needs, dietary preferences, and overall comfort of each individual is of the utmost priority to the staff, who provide round-the-clock care. I feel incredibly privileged to be able to work with these beautiful animals every day.

1 Kaylee M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a resident Intern at PPS for the past year, and I have never encountered an animal care facility that puts forth the level of detailed care that this Sanctuary does. It is incredible to learn as much as we do about each species of primate, and to be responsible for so much of their care. I have become adept at recognizing the various vocalizations and behaviors of each monkey, preparing and distributing the specialized diets, and providing medical care when necessary. At this place of peace you truly learn what it takes to run a Sanctuary with the big picture in mind. It is a phenomenal feeling to help provide such a high quality of life to so many beings, especially when many of them have come from research facilities, the illegal pet trade, or tourist attractions. When you walk through the Corridor and see so many of the monkeys slob-flopping, a relaxed behavior that is rarely seen in captivity, you know that you’re helping out a spectacular mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I chose to become an intern at Pacific Primate Sanctuary because of the mission they exemplify, and that I haven't seen anywhere else. PPS truly creates a place of peace for so many monkeys that never had that chance before. Our sole goal while providing care for these creatures is to give them a life as close to that as they can get in the wild. We treat these monkeys and all of nature around us as equals, and it's so clear how happy they all are. You can always find the monkeys laying out enjoying the sun on a warm day, and it's so validating when you remember that some of them came from research labs where they never got to climb on trees, and experience the sun's rays on their back while taking a nap. I hope this sanctuary continues doing their amazing work for many more years to come, so that monkeys can continue to be saved and provided such phenomenal care for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I are proud to be volunteering at this special place. The staff is brilliant and kind. Every creature is treated with respect and nurtured. They are highly organized and provide a unique home for the monkeys.

2 teresao

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of primates that have been used in animal research, pets that have been surrendered, and others that have been misused or mistreated. The staff consists of amazing volunteers who dedicate their lives for a year or longer to create a habitat and life for the primates that is as close to a natural environment as is possible. Some of the rescued primates have gone from tiny wire cages where they never saw or felt sunshine to amazing enclosures filled with natural greenery, open air, sunshine, and shelter from the cool and damp elements. These abused primates have been given the chance to be part of a family group and to live a normal primate life. Kudos to the amazing staff of PPS for giving of their lives and hearts to the primates they have rescued!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PPS is an amazing organization dedicated to saving rescued primates both physically and emotionally. They provide a nurturing and healing environment to all of the primates in their care. PPS also provides an opportunity for their interns to gain invaluable knowledge and hands on experience in caring for primates. Not only does PPS provide sanctuary for these primates, but it also provides an unique opportunity for learning primate care!

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1 Erin84

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a phenomenal organization, one which is wholly dedicated to the wellbeing of the animals who have found refuge there. The Sanctuary believes that all beings are deserving of respect, compassion and understanding. Each monkey receives custom care, tailored to his or her individual physical, mental and emotional needs. It has been an honor to serve the Sanctuary for over 10 years, doing so fills my heart with joy, pride and contentment. I have seen individuals from research laboratories step outside for the first time in their life, I have watched individuals who were taken from their mothers too early learn new vocalizations now that they are finally around others of their own kind, and I have had the privilege to see the transformation as individuals who spent years in tourist attractions finally find peace. PPS has found a permanent place in my heart, and in my life, and I look forward to many more years of serving the animals and their home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Pacific Primate Sanctuary for over 10 years, and am honored to be a part of this compassionate organization. The animals are treated with respect and empathy, and given the best care possible- each monkey receiving customized care based on their individual needs. Each day at PPS, we see monkeys exhibiting species-typical behaviors and vocalizations, interacting with the world around them and other primates in the way that nature intended. These monkeys will never be exploited or abused again, they are finally able to live free in the green world.

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1 Olivia J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience as a resident intern:
After graduating from University, I wasn’t quite sure what the next steps would be. I knew I wanted to go to Veterinary school someday, but at the time I felt called to gain more hands-on experience working with animals. For months, while working to save up money, I researched internships all around the world, but when I came across Pacific Primate Sanctuary the searching came to a halt. This internship offered an experience unlike any other I’d seen. The depth of training, including primate behaviors and communication, emergency medical care, colony management and so much more seemed like exactly what I had been looking for. Not to mention, living in a yurt in the rainforest surrounded by monkeys sounded pretty cool. When I was accepted to the program, I was simultaneously overjoyed and anxious about the journey that lied ahead.

After arriving at PPS, I quickly realized just how special the Sanctuary truly was. In all my work with animals, I had never seen a place so dedicated to understanding the specific behaviors, needs, and tendencies of each individual that resides here. Rather than just meeting their basic needs, the Sanctuary gives each individual the specialized care they need to heal and grow, both physically and emotionally. The program here is unique in that the Interns hold the responsibility of ensuring that each monkey is cared for, and the Sanctuary functions smoothly. Every team member has a say in what we think is best for each individual, and being trusted with the responsibility of caring for the monkeys has been a deeply empowering and rewarding experience. The level of training and care given by management far exceeded my expectations, and the depth of our responsibilities for and relationships with the animals was beyond what I could have anticipated.

For my independent project, I focused on what it means to be a Sanctuary and the different ways that we as caregivers can foster such an environment. I created three new documents for the manuals to specifically provide information and instruction on how we as caretakers can uphold the true meaning of Sanctuary. These documents focused on Hawaiian values, interpersonal communication, and the importance of mindfulness in animal caregiving. Through each of these documents, I sought to help clarify how we can integrate some of the more intangible and abstract components of being a PPS caregiver with the more tangible and concrete aspects of the working experience. By adding new types of protocols to the manuals that deliberately blend the core tenets of the Sanctuary—open-mindedness, peace, compassion, love—with our daily animal care tasks, I wanted to make the meaning of Sanctuary more accessible to each team member. Ultimately, I hoped to provide information about how we can manifest Sanctuary in every task we perform in caring for the monkeys.

Through this internship, I have learned more than I thought possible in just one year. There were times that were difficult and times that challenged me in many ways, but through those experiences I have grown. In this realm of work, we give of ourselves without expecting anything in return; Nonetheless, these monkeys and this experience have given me more than I could put into words. I gained an in-depth understanding of primate behavior, exotic animal care, and the functioning of a Sanctuary. I gained confidence as a trainer, animal caregiver, and member of the PPS team. I gained new perspectives on the world and a renewed sense of appreciation for the Earth and all of its beings. I gained strength, independence, and a deeper understanding of both myself and the people around me around me. I gained wisdom and knowledge from each team member, and made friendships and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

As my internship draws to an end, I reflect on my time here with the monkeys, and the ways that they’ve made me smile and laugh each and every day. For example, the time(s) when Sylvan unknowingly dropped the contents of his ti packet to the floor of his Enclosure, then looked at me in disbelief as if I hadn’t given him a snack or was playing some sort of joke. Or the drastic lengths we went to to prevent Genevieve from eating critters that we knew would upset her stomach. I will miss the little things, like hearing Pacey “happy chirp” when I walk past his Enclosure and the way Nikki screams with excitement each day before receiving her medications as if it’s something totally new. I will miss hearing the monkeys call to one another in the afternoon, and the sound of Prospero banging on his metal roof in the early hours of the morning. These sounds, along with the singing of the birds, the mooing of cows nearby, and the sound of rain falling on the yurts became the soundtrack to our lives, and one that I will deeply miss.

I love the monkeys here with all my heart and cannot yet fathom the idea of leaving them. I will miss seeing their beautiful little faces, and the happiness that they bring me each day, however I know that the memories they have given me will bring comfort and joy to my heart for years to come. Leaving them will undoubtedly be the most difficult aspect of my experience here, but I am assured in knowing that they are the hands of some of the greatest people and caretakers I’ve known. This internship has been one of my most profound experiences and has impacted my life in more ways than I can count. Mahalo to everyone who makes the Sanctuary all that it is; I will forever be grateful for my time at PPS and the opportunity to live and grow with the amazing primates here- both human and monkey alike.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a resident intern at Pacific Primate Sanctuary, and have been living here for about 5 months. The Sanctuary is unique in that our work is dedicated solely to giving the animals the peaceful, fulfilling lives they deserve. In all my work with animals, I have never seen a place so dedicated to understanding the specific behaviors, needs, and tendencies of each individual that resides here. Rather than just meeting their basic needs, the Sanctuary gives each individual the specialized care they need to heal and grow, both physically and emotionally. The Sanctuary is just that... a Sanctuary. It is a place of nurturing compassion, love, and healing for all those who enter. I will forever be grateful for my time at PPS and the opportunity to live and grow with the amazing primates here- both monkey and human alike.

1 D.Dressler

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff and administration is totally devoted to this project and to the monkeys they care for. The facility is immaculate and beautiful. The animals have their own jungle environments similar to what their bodies need and are designed for. Their food is all the best quality, organic (much of it grown on the property) and balanced. They get sunshine and moonlight and cozy warm houses, along with music and tons of care and compassion. Impressive and positive!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic, caring and detailed personnell who truly care and give selflessly and tirelessly to relieving animal suffering and providing a place of refuge and healing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Pacific Primate Sanctuary a year ago for the internship opportunity, and as my year comes to its end, I find myself reflecting on everything I've experienced. Everyone here truly cares for the monkeys, and the effort they put into that care and spreading their message is astonishing. I will never forget the year that I lived with these monkeys and worked with these people.

2 Jessica F.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past two years, I have been lucky enough to serve as a resident caretaker for the monkeys at Pacific Primate Sanctuary. Each day, I am blessed to serve these creatures who are beautiful both inside and out, and help provide them with the natural and free lifestyle they deserve.

2 Tiffany B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a resident intern at Pacific Primate Sanctuary for 10 months, and couldn't have hoped for a better place to learn about caring for primates. The monkeys receive specialized care, nurturing and enrichment that allow them to thrive and encourage them to display natural behaviors. The Sanctuary's dedication to primate conservation and welfare is remarkable, and being a part of the team is a privilege!

2 Terese W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer of the Pacific Primate Sanctuary, I am honored to play a part in the healing of the monkeys that come and take refuge from places that had treated them terribly - laboratories, exhibits, domestication.

When the monkeys first arrive their hair is falling out, they’re malnourished, and emotionally and physically stressed. They look absolutely dreadful. They are given an enclosure to help them recover. It’s a wonderful sight to see them a few months later, settled in - enjoying their new home, chittering to one another, basking in the morning sun.

This is what some of the monkeys lived in while at the laboratories. Now it keeps the birds and rats from eating the fruit collected for them. From caging to nourishing; from caged to nourished. A place of refuge, for healing, the Pacific Primate Sanctuary.

Terese Masters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the Pacific Primate Sanctuary for the last seven years, and have seen first hand what a model non-profit this organization is. Everyone at the sanctuary's sole focus is to care for and rehabilitate these precious primates.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Pacific Primary Sanctuary is a wonderful non profit. They provide a healthy and beautiful sanctuary for monkeys to live out their lives. If all creatures were shown so much love and compassion what a better world it would be.

Ellen B

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pacific Primary Sanctuary is a wonderful non-profit. Taking care of abused and exploited monkeys is such a noble calling. They provide a beautiful and healthy environment for the monkeys to live out their lives. All creatures should be shown such love and compassion; how lucky those monkeys are.
Ellen B

2 tauridvm

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a consulting veterinarian for Pacific Primate Sanctuary since the late 1990's. I have seen their dedication to building and maintaining a state-of-the-art facility to care for these threatened and endangered species of New World non-human primates. The program has grown considerably as the need for a sanctuary for these species has continued to grow. They provide optimal nutrition and husbandry for these animals. They have a growing educational program which not only trains primatologists but their outreach teaches the general public about nonhuman primates, ecology and conservation. Their medical care is top-notch for the animals. They keep extremely detained observations and records on the animals, and the overall facility goes far beyond what the regulations require. They are a model animal sanctuary in all aspects.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with the Sanctuary for over 15 years in a consulting role concerning the health of the monkeys. The facility is exemplary and its nutrition, husbandry, and preventive health program as well as any necessary health care are far beyond what zoos can do for their animals. Their animals live to old age in a beautiful habitat where their physical and mental needs are met. The Sanctuary program is visionary for these animals. Lucy Wormser as Director has established a fabulous program and facility.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've followed the progress of PPS since its inception. It is a force for the good as it protects and rehabilitates primates by providing top notch care and a rare ingredient: sanctuary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PPS is a gift to the community and the world. It embodies the compassion and care for all creation that imbues all religious and humanistic traditions. The founder and all the volunteers are incredibly dedicated and skilled. PPS is a bright light in our troubled world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am blessed to be apart of the PPS Ohana! Being a resident intern has forever impacted my life in a positive light. All the tiny angelic monkeys that are lucky enough to live at PPS are taken care of with such love and respect, and I am so happy to be apart of it. PPS is not just a sanctuary, it's love, harmony, peace and home ❤

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Virginia37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a resident intern here at Pacific Primate Sanctuary. This sanctuary is a place for the animals that are in our care to find true peace, to be able to live their lives of just being monkies, climbing, foraging, socialising, feeling the sunlight on their fur, freedom!
I am proud to be a part of this amazing organisation and to believe that "All beings are equally sacred."

3 Kate114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the PPS because I can help to contribute to the quality of life for the primates there. I garden on the property to grow organic vegetables for the primates and help to harvest from their orchards so all the monkeys have a supply of fresh food. The other volunteers that work directly with the monkeys are so caring and attentive to each of the animals. They take such great care of everyone of the monkeys. Pacific Primate Sanctuary holds a dear place in my heart and I will continue to support them in anyway I can for as long as I can.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For the past thirty years, the volunteers at Pacific Primate Sanctuary have provided refuge and rehabilitation to threatened, endangered and abused monkeys. The animals come from research laboratories, tourist attractions, and the inhumane exotic pet trade. We’ve learned how to nurture, heal, and rehabilitate traumatized animals, helping them become whole again. We plant their enclosures with trees, vines and flowers. The monkeys are free in the greenery. They can see the sky, feel the rain and sun on their bodies, and the wind through their fur.
Everyone who supports Pacific Primate Sanctuary, whether through donations, volunteering, or spreading the word is demonstrating true benevolence and compassion, and is making a positive difference. Do not wait for someone else to heal the world, become the healer. Do what you can for the things that matter to you, and never believe that you are insignificant. Volunteer your time, donate to charitable causes, choose to shop ethically, write letters to your representatives, and above all, exemplify the values that you hold dear.
Help Pacific Primate Sanctuary to continue this life-saving work. Please donate on the PPS website: http://www.pacificprimate.org/help.htm


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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful sanctuary providing care for formally exploited animals. PPS is a wonderful place for both monkeys and humans, creating an atmosphere filled with love and care for these of need animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Mady W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Jordan37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've known about the PPS for about 10 years now. Seeing it first hand, is nothing less than you would expect. Hard working volunteers, clean environment, and most importantly, the primates are loved and taken very good care of.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is exemplary in every way. It is in an extraordinarily beautiful environment, nurturing, humane and managed with much intelligence, sensitivity, love and caring.

David R. Kapralik

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just visited a wolf sanctuary North of L.A. They care for wolves, but rent the wolves out to movie studios, in other words, profit is part of their makeup. Pacific Primate is not in that business of renting their primates for $1200 a day profit. They are trying to keep the delicate ecological chain from losing another link by nurturing these seemingly exotic, but human like primates.
Every contribution goes right to the care and protection of the monkeys they accept or see born there.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a place of compassion, love and understanding for all the animals that have found a home there. The staff (composed entirely of Volunteers) all have one goal in mind- the wellbeing of the monkeys. Every task, from cutting up produce for breakfast, to cleaning enclosures, is done with purpose and passion. This creates an environment that is ideal for healing and rehabilitation. The monkeys at PPS have come from tourist attractions, the pet trade and research laboratories. At PPS, these animals will never have to experience pain or suffering at human hands. I consider it an honor to be a part of this wonderful organization.

3 Danette S.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for the wonderful sanctuary PPS provides for the monkeys. When we made the heartbreaking decision to place our marmoset there after realizing it was the best place for him (other than a natural habitat, but it was too late for that), the staff was so kind and helpful. He's been there 9 years now, and they continue to provide excellent care, and communicate with us how he is doing. I very much appreciate how they strive to nurture the monkeys while educating others and running an excellent intern program. Thank you Pacific Primate Sanctuary for all you to make a difference in the lives of the monkeys!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate Sanctuary has been a huge blessing in our lives. We once had a pet monkey, which was foolish, irresponsible, and unfair to the monkey. While we loved him very much, it became apparent that he would be better off with animals of his own kind in a natural environment. PPS has given him that. Caring volunteers have made such a difference in providing Pacey with what we could not, and what he deserved; to live out his life in a safe place, with other marmosets. We are so thankful for all that Pacific Primate Sanctuary does to better the lives of primates.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend volunteers here and tells me all about the wonderful things they do for these monkeys and how all their good work is dependent on donations and support from people like me and you.

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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.



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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!!

2 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.

2 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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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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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate Sanctury is a beautifully established and run retreat which nurtures many primates that have been abused and neglected by uncaring places. They are nourished and loved into new health; continually cared for in a superior way by dedicated people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of threatened, endangered, and distressed primates. Since 1984, the Sanctuary has maintained a federally authorized facility for threatened New World monkeys, many of which have been donated from research laboratories and rescued from the illegal exotic pet trade. PPS provides refuge and rehabilitation, creating naturalistic habitats where displaced primates can recover and form social groups. Pacific Primate Sanctuary is an entirely volunteer operated organization and depends on donations. Please visit the website: http://www.pacificprimate.org/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PacificPrimateSanctuary to make a donation or contact pps@aloha.net for other ways to help.
"On all inspection visits, the facility has met or exceeded all standards set by the USDA. The knowledge and compassion for the animals are abundantly evident in the excellent care provided for them." - Dr. Lyons, USDA Inspecting Veterinary Officer (for 25 years)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Sanctuary currently is home to many species of primates. Currently there are 4 interns and one Manager on staff. All help is volunteer and the food is mostly donated. A solar system was recently installed and they could use some funds to help pay for that but it will greatly cut down on the electric bills.
As a volunteer, I help prep food and clean enclosures. The monkeys are not on display to the public and live peacefully with superb care from everyone involved. The property includes an organic garden to help produce fresh, healthy food for animals and interns. I knew very little about this organization when I signed on to volunteer and am impressed with the professional demeanor of the staff and the wonderful care given to the animals.