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


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.


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


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.

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Cryptocurrency and Conservation: A New Approach

For the last few months, we’ve been in conversations with a cryptocurrency called FEG Token. They are now an official PASA sponsor and have made a $1.1 million dollar pledge to us, in the cryptocurrency.

An Inside Look at Primate Rescues

What’s involved in rescuing a primate? More than you’d think! Read on to discover all that goes into this complex but rewarding work.