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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 april0416

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.

2

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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

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.

3

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.

3

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)

3

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.