Stokes, R., Tully, G., & Rosati, A. (2017). Pan African Sanctuary Alliance: Primate welfare, conservation, and research. African Primates, 12: 59-64.[PDF] [Publisher’s Version] Abstract
The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), the largest association of wildlife centers in Africa, includes 22 organizations that collectively house more than 3,000 rescued primates. Prior to PASA’s formation, these organizations had similar goals and were facing similar challenges, but typically did not communicate with one another. In 2000, conservationists and primatologists arranged a meeting in Uganda to bring these groups together for the first time. The directors of the organizations agreed there was a need for improved ongoing communication and, as a result, PASA was formed. Although PASA’s headquarters is now in Portland, Oregon and it is a registered nonprofit in the United States, it was created by the African wildlife centers. Despite working in extraordinarily challenging conditions, members of the Alliance are making significant strides in primate welfare and conservation. They collaborate with law enforcement agencies to reduce wildlife crime by rescuing confiscated animals, give lifelong care to primates orphaned by the bushmeat trade and the illicit pet trade, work to stop the hunting and tracking of endangered species, defend critical habitat from exploitation, and conduct community development and education programs reaching more than 500,000 people each year across Africa. Additionally, PASA member wildlife centers provide employment for nearly 700 Africans and inject millions of dollars into local economies.