The Bushmeat Trade:

Working together to find solutions 

The illegal bushmeat trade presentes significant danger to Africa’s primates. PASA supports multi-faceted programs to address the issues.

Breaking Down the Issue

The illegal and unsustainable hunting, buying, and selling of wildlife for meat is common in many areas of Africa. What began as a source of protein has become a major industry, with bushmeat sold in cities at higher prices than chicken or beef and many people hunting wild animals as a source of extra cash rather than food.

Illegal wildlife hunting is expanding rapidly in Africa, largely because logging and mining operations cut roads through formerly inaccessible wilderness. As a result, wildlife that was formerly a week’s walk from the nearest roads can now be reached by hunters in trucks in a few hours.

Our Solutions

PASA works with our member wildlife centers to stop the hunting of endangered species and provide the best possible care to the survivors. Together, PASA members employ over 600 people in Africa, and bring $6M to local communities annually. 


  • Nearly three-quarters of PASA members conduct anti-poaching patrols.
  • Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, in Sierra Leone, provides training on sustainable livelihoods, and distributes seeds and tools.
  • In Cameroon, food insecurity is a major concern. To address this crisis, Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue is working with local farmers, agronomists, and conservationists to use new agroforestry techniques that improve crop production and provide long-term sustainability for the community.


Tacugama’s first female forest ranger, Wilnifred, works to protect vital habitat. ©Renato Granieri

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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.

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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. 

Ensuring Great Care After the Rescue

The Primate Care Training program helps sanctuary teams stay sharp so that they can provide great care to rescued apes and monkeys. Here’s how it works.

Building a Chimpanzee Nursery

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary has 23 baby chimps – many rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Now they need a bigger nursery.