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Emergency Response:

When Disaster Strikes, PASA is There

From floods to global pandemics, PASA supports our members through times of crisis, so that they can continue their life-saving work.

Fast Emergency Response

Wildlife centers in Africa operate in challenging conditions. Fires and floods may destroy facilities, disease outbreaks can endanger staff and animals,  and larger disasters like military conflicts may require an immediate response.

Even a simple accident like an enclosure fence damaged by a falling tree may let dozens of animals escape, putting them into danger of capture by hunters and wildlife smugglers.

PASA maintains an emergency fund to cover unforeseen costs. Our global network of scientists, veterinarians, and volunteers can provide consultation to find the right solutions.

When Sweetaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary was flooded, PASA sent aid to rebuild their facilities. Read the full story here

Supporting Sanctuaries During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted every member of the Alliance. Quickly, two priorities emerged.

  • First, we sought to ensure that the 23 member sanctuaries could continue to operate.
  • Second, we needed to protect the more than 3000 primates from contracting the disease.

PASA members had survived disease outbreaks before, but no one knew much about the coronavirus. To address this gap, we partnered with the Univer-sity of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and the Arcus Foundation to develop the Non-Human Primate COVID-19 Information Hub. This online resource is regularly updated with research and best practices for all who work with primates. 

Travel bans and cargo slow-downs disrupted the usual supply chains, making it difficult to get medicines and PPE. We partnered worked the Humane Society International and others to source the needed materials and get the goods to Africa, where they could be distributed to PASA members across the continent.

The resiliency and heroic resolve of the sanctuaries served as an inspiration. Many caregivers and other staff sheltered on site for months rather than risk bringing the virus into the facilities and exposing primates to it. Donations poured in from compassionate people and organizations around the world – and it allowed us to provide US$330,000 in emergency funding to our members. In a typical year, that number would be closer to $20,000.

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.

Four Chimps Find Sanctuary

Through the global pandemic, and even a coup attempt, PASA and our partners did not give up on these chimpanzees – read the amazing story!