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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I've been following the work of PPS since its inception. It is a superb organization with a profoundly meaningful mission. Unqualified recommendation.
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.
Pacific Primate Sanctuary was an amazing and insiperational experience, the volenteers and primates will always be in my heart
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.