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.
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.
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.
I am a Board Member of PPS, and I am constantly astounded at how caring and selfless every single person involved with this wonderful organization is!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a nurturing and healing place for both the animals who have found a home here, as well as for the dedicated team of Volunteers who donate their time. The well-being of the animals is the top priority, and they are cared for with the utmost respect and compassion. The animals are not exploited in any way, and they are free to live out their days in peace. The atmosphere at PPS is one of quiet joy, positive energy, and benevolence. I have been a Volunteer at PPS for over 9 years, and feel truly blessed to be a part of this phenomenal organization.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ❤
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 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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.