PRIMATE SANCTUARIES LISTED BY CONTINENT
Born Free Foundation's Primate Project - Organization helped create an island sanctuary where orphan chimpanzees rescued from the exotic "pet" trade, live a near-natural life in Uganda.
C.A.R.E. - Established in 1989 by Rita Miljo as a rehabilitation center for all indigenous wildlife and is the only sanctuary in the country for orphaned baboons.
CERCOPAN Rehabilitation and Conservation for Guenons - Dedicated to the conservation of primates indigenous to the rainforest and their habitat through: (1) rescue and rehabilitation; (2) conservation education, and (3) research. CERCOPAN offers sanctuary and rehabilitation to guenons and mangabeys.
- The Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in central Zambia is a non-profit refuge that cares for a wide variety of sick, wounded or unwanted animals -- but the primary residents are approximately 80 orphaned chimpanzees.
- Working since 1969 to give orphan chimpanzees the chance of growing up free and independent in their natural environment, rather than leaving them to their all too frequent fates as sad captives in a human world, or worse, substitute humans in a laboratory.
H.E.L.P. [Habitat Ecologique et Liberté des Primates] - Chimpanzee sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [Web site in French and English.]
IDA Africa's Chimpanzee Sanctuary - Founded in December of 1999 by Sheri Speede, D.V.M., IDA's Northwest Director. IDA's chimpanzee sanctuary is in the Central Province of Cameroon and has a commitment to provide a sanctuary for chimpanzees now wasting away in chains and cages, and a determination to stop the illegal bush-meat trade through education and an aggressive information campaign.
- Sanctuary and rescue facility for monkeys in South Africa. Founded by Sue Gale in 1996, the sanctuary will accept any species of unwanted primate. [Formerly called Marmoset Welfare Foundation.]
Limbe Wildlife Center - Provides sanctuary and rehabilitation for monkeys and apes in Cameroon. Limbe also has an education center dedicated to teaching conservation.
Lola ya Bonobo - The association Les Amis des Animaux au Congo [Friends of Animals in Congo] is a non-profit organization which was created in 1994 and now focuses its efforts on the protection of the bonobo, a great ape species unique to Congo and now severely endangered.
Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance [PASA] - PASA is comprised of 18 primate sanctuaries across Africa that collectively care for over 670 chimpanzees, 80 gorillas, 40 bonobos, and hundreds of drills, baboons, vervets and other monkey species. Web site in English and French.
Tacugama - The sanctuary was founded in Sierra Leone in 1995, and is commited to the rescue and rehabilitation of oprhaned and abandoned chimpanzees.
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Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation - (BOS) is a non-governmental organization that tries to save orangutans from extinction. It has two orangutan stations in Kalimantan (Indonesia) where confiscated orangutans are prepared for reintroduction into the wild.
Highland Farm Gibbon Rescue Center - Founded by Pharanee Deters and (the late) William Deters in 1991 to rescue primates (gibbons and loris) from government officials, monks, missionaries, and Thai citizens.
Kalaweit Gibbon Rehabilitation Project - Research station and conservation education center in Borneo, Indonesia.
- This world-famous Sanctuary enables visitors to come in close contact with the remarkable "man of the forest" (this is what the Malay name for orangutan means) and witness an exciting conservation programme in action.
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Fundació MONA - Fundació Mona [Mona Foundation] is the first primate rescue center established in Spain and currently provides a home to seven chimpanzees. The organization was created by people dedicated to the protection of primates who entered the country illegally. Mona Foundation works extensively to find a better place for the primates who have been torn from their natural habitats and exploited by man. This foundation was created in Spain thanks to the collaboration of the International Primate Protection League. [Web site in Spanish and English.]
Stichting AAP - European exotic animal sanctuary, established in 1972, provides a home for primates 13 chimpanzees and 120 monkeys) and small mammals, such as raccoons, skunks, arctic foxes and prairie dogs (>100). These animals have been confiscated, used in circusses or laboratories or kept as pets by private owners. After rehabilitation they are rehomed in a more natural environment of placed in AAPs own pension plan in the Netherlands and Spain (Primadomus, currently under construction). [Web site in Dutch and English.]
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- An international accreditation program designed to guide and assist animal sanctuaries in reaching the highest standards of animal care possible.
American Sanctuary Association (ASA) - Non-profit accrediting organization and international information center for domestic animal shelters, animal sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation organizations.
Ape and Monkey Rescue and Sanctuaries - Also known as the "International Primate Protection League," this grassroots charitable organization has been promoting the conservation and protection of nonhuman primates around the world since 1973 by: 1) maintaining a South Carolina sanctuary for rescued gibbons, the smallest of the apes, 2) working internationally to prevent primate trafficking and abuse, and 3) assisting other grassroots wildlife protection groups in countries where primates are native.
Center For Captive Chimpanzee Care - Established in 1997 by Dr. Carole Noon to create a sanctuary where chimpanzees can live out the remainder of their lives in the best environment possible.
Center for Great Apes (formerly The Center for Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation) - Located in Wauchula, Florida (USA), the sanctuary was founded in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its primary purpose is to provide a permanent sanctuary in a safe and enriching environment for orangutans and chimpanzees in need of long-term life care, specifically those who have been used in entertainment or kept as pets by private owners.
- Sanctuary for five adult chimpanzees who communicate with humans and each other using American Sign Language.
Fauna Foundation - Founded in 1997, the Fauna Foundation in Quebec, Canada is dedicated to creating a caring environment for neglected and abused farm and circus animals, and former biomedical research chimpanzees, and to fostering through education a better understanding of these creatures. [Web site in French and English.]
Gorilla Haven - A safe 'haven' and/or temporary holding facility for zoo gorillas in need, located on 288 acres in the North Georgia (USA) mountains. Support for in-situ conservation efforts in Africa to help fight the bushmeat trade and provide assistance to organizations that address the plight of primates caught up in the profound changes taking place in their natural habitats.
IPPL'S Gibbon Sanctuary - Founded by Dr. Shirley McGreal, the International Primate Protection League has been working internationally to protect all living primates since 1973. Please visit IPPL's web site for a virtual tour of its sanctuary which specializes in gibbons.
Jungle Friends - Jungle Friends offers permanent sanctuary care for capuchins and spider monkeys who have fallen into the wrong hands, are retired from research or are simply no longer wanted. Jungle Friends is located in Gainesville, Florida (USA.)
Mindy's Memory Primate Sanctuary - A sanctuary which is committed to being a safe refuge and permanent home for formerly abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned or displaced native and non-native wildlife.
Pacific Primate Sanctuary (Maui, Hawaii) - Primate sanctuary specializing in marmosets.
Primarily Primates, Inc. - There are approximately 800 animals receiving excellent care in retirement at Primarily Primates, in a northwest San Antonio, Texas (USA) preserve. Of these animals, 500 are primates, including chimpanzees, orangutans, New World and Old World monkeys.
Primate Rescue Center - Alleviates the suffering of primates wherever it occurs by: (1) Providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities; (2). Working to end the illegal trade in primates both in the United States and internationally; (3) Educating the public to the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle; (4) Assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for their surplus primates.
- Formerly called National Sanctuary for Retired Research Primates, Primate Sanctuary of America is a non-profit permanent sanctuary, dedicated to giving quality lifetime care to retired research primates. It is the mission of PSA to provide sanctuary to the increasing overflow of primates in need of retirement from research. PSA will accept primates who can not be placed in other facilities, whose only alternative is euthanasia or reintroduction into research.
The Association of Sanctuaries - TAOS establishes operating and animal care standards for sanctuaries and accredits those who qualify, offers consultation and training in sanctuary operations, facilitates placement of animals in reputable sanctuaries, and educates and advocates to change the conditions that cause animals to need sanctuary.
U Yumil C´eh - Primate sanctuary in Mexico. [Web site is in Spanish.]
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Centro de Rehabilitación y Rescate de Primates - Rescue, rehabilitation and education center based in Chile. Founded by Elba Munoz and Carlos Almazan in 1994 to provide protection to illegally traded primates and ex-"pet" monkeys.
International Association for Primate Refuges and Sanctuaries [IAPRS] - In order to enocourage communication between primate refuges andsanctuaries around the globe, the Primate Foundation of Panama started an egroup. AESOP-Project is now the moderator of the egroup.
Inti Wara Yassi - A volunteer based organization located in Boliva. In 1996, the organization founded a wildlife refuge in Parque Machia, Villa Tunari. The refuge houses over 200 monkeys, dozens of birds, tortoises, coatis and wild cats. [Web site is in Spanish and English.]