Rescue & Care:

Providing a Safe Haven

The great apes and monkeys rescued by PASA members have seen terrible things. They need veterinary care and time to heal from traumatic experiences. Sanctuaries offer both.

Primate Rescues

Every year, PASA members rescue hundreds of animals from illegal wildlife trafficking, the pet trade, and unsafe situations.

Most primate rescues are done in partnership with law enforcement efforts to stop wildlife crime and end bushmeat hunting. PASA members provide a critical component in the fight against wildlife crime. With their deep relationships and knowledge of the community, they are a trusted partner. They also provide shelter and immediate care to confiscated animals.

Sanctuary teams are also called in to help with animals who are victims of road traffic accidents, powerline electrocutions, or attacks by farmers who see primates as threats to their crops.

Veterinarian at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, Thalita Calvi, carries a rescued chimpanzee.

Providing life-long care

When an ape or monkey comes to a PASA member, the team does a thorough assessment to determine the best course of treatment. Some animals are too traumatized or too badly injured to live in the wild again, so for them, the sanctuaries provide a life-long home. 

Many of these species are listed as endangered or critically endangered, so their protection and ongoing care is a critical bulwark against extinction.

Alliance members together care for over 3,400 great apes and monkeys.

1,000+ Chimpanzees

65+ Gorillas

80+ Bonobos

1,800+ Monkeys

5 Ways to Help Save Gorillas 

Anyone can have an impact on gorilla conservation through simple actions.

Celebrate World Parrot Day with PASA!

This World Parrot Day, we are celebrating four of our amazing member sanctuaries that offer a second chance to rescued parrots!

What is an Endangered Species?

This article explains what it means to be “endangered” and explores how human activities can threaten species. It also highlights how Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) member centers rescue, rehabilitate, and conserve endangered primates and their habitats.

Celebrate 23 Years of PASA in 2023

PASA turns 23! It’s 2023 and we’re asking you to help us celebrate our 23 member sanctuaries and our 23 years of protecting primates. To mark this day, we are launching our Primates Forever Campaign to ensure magnificent great apes and monkeys remain wild and protected.

Viruses in Sanctuary Chimpanzees Across Africa

New research finds that sanctuary chimpanzees are infected with viruses previously found in wild chimpanzees. Additionally, it suggests that, like in the wild, sanctuaries experience reverse zoonotic respiratory virus transmission.