I'm a dedicated supporter of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance. I am very impressed with their commitment to both the welfare of the primates in the sanctuaries and the conservation of wild populations. I would encourage anyone to visit PASA's website, learn more about them, and consider making a donation to help primates in Africa.
PASA is an amazing organization. They have a unique role - using their international network to support their member wildlife centers across Africa.
As we lose thousands of wild great apes every year, organizations like PASA need our support more than ever.
As one of the sanctuaries that founded PASA Ape Action Africa has been involved with the organisation from the very start. Since the outset Pasa's role has been to support the sanctuaries and although the activities its undertaken has changed over time it's purpose remains the same. Without PASA the sanctuaries would not be unified and not able to share knowledge and expertise and would not have access to a network of support.
It's essential that PASA can continue to support and keep together the sanctuaries.
The 22 sanctuaries that comprise PASA are extraordinary because despite great difficulties (such as elusive funding, shortage of space, and not enough time to do all the things they would like) they have created safe and supportive communities for thousands of orphaned apes and monkeys that they have rescued from terrible conditions. The dedication and passion of the people who work there has to be seen to be believed.
PASA sanctuaries show that every individual primate is worth caring for. Not only does this mean that the sanctuaries provide a high ethical standard and boost welfare efforts in the country in general, but also they provide an invaluable base for conservation efforts. For example in Uganda Lilly Ajarova is the director of the Ngamba Island sanctuary for chimpanzees. As a researcher and conservationist working with wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, I repeatedly find that collaboration with Lilly's teams is helpful at all sorts of level - including the work that Lilly's group does on assessing and protecting the wild chimpanzee population in the Hoima area.
The care and conservation problems are different in every African country, so what is needed is local expertise with deep experience in that particular area. That is what PASA sanctuaries provide; and through the PASA alliance, the sanctuaries support each other in their missions of rescues, support and hope. Go PASA!
I have served in multiple capacities, volunteer, committee member and board member. It is a terrific organization with passionate people playing a key role in conservation in Africa. Our member sanctuaries are top notch and make such a huge impact on the lives not only of the animals in their care, but also of their cousins in the wild.
As a volunteer for PASA, I've been able to see the great work it does up close. Africa's great apes need help if they are going to survive and PASA is doing amazing work- together with its member organizations - to protect them and their habitats. PASA provides support, training and, in emergencies, crisis funding to a network of wildlife centers in 13 countries in Africa. Supporting PASA contributes to both direct care and to strategic planning and programs that support primate conservation and welfare.
I can't recommend this organization highly enough!
PASA first came on my radar when I researched ways to help out great apes in Africa. This organization is essentially an alliance of 22 primate sanctuaries across Africa. It provides accreditation for the sanctuaries, financial support, outreach, staff training and helps facilitate animal rescues and special projects.
Because PASA functions solely FOR these sanctuaries, it is a very task-driven, goal oriented organization. Which makes it a very safe, reliable choice when it comes to donating. They frequently work with the local communities to support livelihood alternatives and conservation education. This is key to making any sort of impactful change in the world of animal conservation and PASA really understand this.
I've found the people behind PASA to be an extremely dedicated and effective group of individuals. They are primarily primate experts and seasoned non-profit professionals that care very deeply about bringing aid to Africa's threatened primates.
Their website is a great resource for any and all info about primate conservation in Africa.
I really believe that without PASA, the primates of Africa would be much closer to extinction .