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

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

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

3

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!

3

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.

3

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

3

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.

3

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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4

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.

3

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.

3

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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4

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

3

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.