Africa’s largest association of wildlife centers provide crucial data on protecting habitat and providing sanctuary for endangered primates while strengthening community engagement.
Press Release – updated: Jan 14, 2020
PORTLAND, Ore., January 14, 2020 (Newswire.com) – The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) today released its annual census of African primates. Using data from its 23 member wildlife centers across 13 different African nations, the census demonstrates the critical role these sanctuaries play in the race against extinction for Africa’s primate populations.
Highlights from this year’s census include:
– The establishment of 120,000 acres of conserved forest and protected rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, through collaboration between PASA member Lola ya Bonobo and the government of Equateur Province, Rainforest Trust, and Congolese communities.
– Projet Protection des Gorilles-Congo (PPG) created a Federation of Village Associations comprised of 23 villages representing 20,000 people living in the periphery of a national park. The Federation strengthens these communities and amplifies their conservation efforts to protect the forest.
– PASA members reintroduced 993 animals into the wild, including 195 primates.
– 3,081 primates are receiving long-term care in PASA member sanctuaries after being rescued from wildlife trafficking, the illegal bushmeat trade, and other threats.
– PASA member sanctuaries provide 880 jobs, 791 to African nationals, and generate $5 million for local economies.
“We are extremely proud to
Created in 2000, the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is the largest association of wildlife centers and sanctuaries in Africa, consisting of 23 organizations in 13 countries. Each Alliance member is securing the future for Africa’s primates by rescuing and caring for orphaned and abused apes and monkeys, protecting endangered primates from extinction, working to stop the hunting of endangered species and the cruel primate pet trade, educating the public, and empowering communities. PASA International unifies the Alliance and advocates for them on an international scale, provides vital support, and works closely with them to raise awareness globally about threats to wildlife.