The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is an organization of independent sanctuaries across Africa dedicated to saving gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and other endangered primates from extinction. PASA works to coordinate activities between primate rescue and rehabilitation centers, and globally to stop illegal trafficking in these endangered species. PASA member sanctuaries currently care for over 850 chimpanzees and 90 gorillas, in addition to almost 3,000 other endangered primates, at 18 facilities in 12 countries.
The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) works to support the conservation and care of African primates through its unique alliance of African sanctuaries. PASA is an alliance of independent sanctuaries across Africa dedicated to saving gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and other primates from extinction. Individually, sanctuaries rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce endangered primates, while working in partnership with local communities to ensure the understanding essential to a safe future. Collectively, PASA works to coordinate activities between primate rescue and rehabilitation centers across Africa, and globally to stop illegal trafficking in these endangered species.
PASA member sanctuaries were created over the past three decades to accommodate the staggering numbers of orphaned gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos who have survived the bushmeat slaughter and habitat devastation. Today, PASA members and affiliated sanctuaries literally span the continent of Africa, working under difficult conditions in remote areas with limited supplies, forging governmental agreements, developing new veterinary knowledge and innovative educational strategies.
PASA conducts international advocacy to stop trafficking and cross-border negotiations to protect and place confiscated animals; builds sanctuary capacity through professional development of managers, veterinarians and educators; leverages veterinary equipment and medicine for member sanctuaries; contributes resources for education programs; raises public awareness through lectures and media outreach; and provides crisis support to member sanctuaries.
PASA has made important strides in raising awareness of illegal trafficking in chimpanzees, gorillas and other endangered primates, and has become the prime coordinator of transfers of confiscated primates involving multiple governmental and non-governmental conservation organizations.
PASA's most recent anti-trafficking campaign: producing posters in Arabic for distribution in the Middle East, the prime destination for smuggled apes, focuses on reducing trafficking in Egypt, which has been characterized as a “significant” part of the black market in chimpanzees, gorillas and other primates.
Under PASA's leadership, member sanctuaries have built centers of excellence in veterinary care and public environmental education in addition to sanctuary management, and have won numerous international awards for the quality and effectiveness of their programs.
PASA is administered by a U.S. Board of Directors, an Executive Director, and the PASA Steering Committee.
PASA U.S. Board of Directors Beth Armstrong, Florida (President) Norm Rosen, California Steve Smith, Oregon Steve Jusick, New Jersey Susan Lutter, California Barrett Prinz, New York
Executive Director Doug Cress, Oregon
PASA Steering Committee Norm Rosen, United States (Chairman) Barbara Cartwright, Canada Tony Mudakikwa, Rwanda Debby Cox, Australia Kay Farmer, United Kingdom Adebowale Ajao, Nigeria Estelle Raballand, France Doug Cress, United States Liz WIlliamson, United Kingdom Rebecca Rose, United States Sylvie Martin, United Kingdom Steve Unwin, United Kingdom Lilly Ajarova, Uganda Zena Tooze, Canada David Lucas, Australia
Uganda, Zambia, Cameroon, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Gabon, Gambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa
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