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Alternative Livelihoods:

Growing Economic Opportunity through Conservation

PASA members help those living near vital primate habitat learn new skills while protecting primates. 

Our Approach

Earning a living wage is one of the best ways to prevent the illegal trade in primates. So PASA works with our members to develop and launch community development projects that give local people new ways to earn money and feed their families. Sanctuaries are able to form strong bonds with communities by engaging them in conservation initiatives, proving that we are stonger together.
 
We help them connect with companies and organizations that have the resources needed, and support them throughout the project. Many of our members have long running programs in reforestation, beekeeping, farming, and sewing handicrafts.

How PASA members work with communities

COFFEE

Lwiro Primates Rehabilitation Center, in D.R. Congo, sponsored a coffee growing initiative to improve the livelihoods of people living near an area of critical biodiversity.

BEEKEEPING

Several PASA members train local residents in sustainable bee keeping practices, and support to grow their businesses. Photo from Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

SUSTAINABILITY

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, in Sierra Leone, has a mangrove conservation project which empowers women from communities around the mangrove swamps to learn sustainable oyster harvesting.

Social Media and Wildlife Trafficking

Social media enables a cycle of cruelty and suffering for primates and other wildlife. But you can help protect animals.

Wildlife Policy Overview: What is CITES and how does it help primates?

CITES, an international trade agreement, has a big impact on PASA members’ work. Here’s how it shapes wildlife policy and sanctuary practice.

Wildlife Crime Won’t Stop Him

Héritier Mpo helps PASA members in DRC rescue apes and monkeys. After wildlife criminals torched his offices he must rebuild.

Trophy Hunting Poses Threat to African Primates

PASA member sanctuaries rescue and care for both monkeys and apes. Although all primates have similarities, monkeys and apes differ in their appearance, geography, and intelligence.

Monkeys vs Apes: How are they different?

PASA member sanctuaries rescue and care for both monkeys and apes. Although all primates have similarities, monkeys and apes differ in their appearance, geography, and intelligence.