Saving primates

For the past 15 years, IFAW has helped rescue and care for hundreds of primates in all corners of the world: We‘ve rehabilitated chimpanzees in Zambia, airlifted gorillas to safety in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saved orangutans from wildfires in Borneo and rescued gibbons confiscated in the illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia.

Most nonhuman hominoids (apes) are rare or endangered. Some experts predict that great apes in the wild will be extinct within the next 20 years.  Apes are battling against extinction because they are losing their habitats, being commercially hunted for food and are victimized in the illegal pet trade.

A home for little orphans in need

IFAW is a trustee of Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, which manages Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a home in Uganda for orphaned chimps. Each year, IFAW helps fund the sanctuary, which was founded in 1998. The other trustees are: Born Free Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust, Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda, and the Zoological Park Board of New South Wales.

CSWCT has a comprehensive approach to chimpanzee conservation and is also heavily involved with snare removal projects, education and awareness programs, eco-tourism and chimp habituation projects. CSWCT’s objectives are to:

  • Create, manage and maintain one or more sanctuaries for the long-term care of chimpanzees that have been orphaned, abandoned, confiscated or are otherwise in need
  • Develop education and public awareness programs to create an understanding and appreciation of chimpanzees and other wildlife and their habitats
  • Assist in the conservation of wild chimpanzee populations and their natural habitats, and to undertake activities that promote and support the sustainable conservation of wildlife species and their habitats
  • To provide appropriate veterinary facilities on Ngamba Island that will ensure the achievement of high standards of health care

Alliance to save African primates

IFAW also has helped the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) since its inception in 2005 and has provided several grants and expertise to support the rescue of primates and the sanctuaries that become their home.

The goals of PASA are to:

  • Ensure that all primate sanctuaries and rehabilitation facilities in Africa provide the highest possible standards of care, and operate to clearly defined and consistent policies
  • Have significant impact on some of the key problems facing African primates, namely the bush meat trade, pet trade and habitat loss
  • Ensure that all confiscated African primates are appropriately and efficiently treated and relocated to a facility within their country of origin, thereby reinforcing CITES legislation through effective implementation, and reducing the international illegal trade in primates