Primate Conservation Charities



Here are some  primate conservation charities - it's not an inclusive list by any means and I'll keep adding to it.  You'll find orangutan conservation charities here.

Jane Goodall Institute
The Institute advances "the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall to lead a movement of conservation for the common good—one that builds on our connections to each other, our fellow species, and the natural world we all share."  Be inspired and visit the website

Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) 
The PASA is the largest association of wildlife centers in Africa.  It has 23 member organizations in 13 countriesworking to secure a future for Africa’s primates and their habitat.

The Gorilla Organisation
The Gorilla Organization has worked to save gorillas from extinction. It was founded in the early 1990s to support the anti-poaching patrols created by the pioneering primatologist Dr. Dian Fossey. Donate to the Gorilla Safe Zone Appeal and help them Support Rainforest Rangers

Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP)
Launched in 2001 by the UN ENvironment to help ensure the long-term survival of gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans and their habitat in Africa and Asia. It's an  nique alliance of national governments, research institutions, United Nations agencies, conservation organisations, and private sector actors. GRASP aims to address habitat loss and population declines.  It's vision is to conserve and expand all existing wild great ape populations and habitats and ensure their long-term viability

The Ape Alliance
Help save the Apes and their habitats.  The Ape Alliance has working groups for the ape trade, apes in entertainment, biomedical, bushmeat, climate change and carbon, education, palm oil, primate tourism, problem primates, orangutans and sanctuaries.

Monkey World Ape Rescue 
Monkey World helps governments worldwide to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild.  Refugees of the illegal primate trade, and those who have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups at the centre. 

Endangered Asian Species Trust
his is a UK charity established by The Endangered Asian Species Trust (EAST) is a UK charity established by Monkey World-Ape Rescue Centre (UK) and the Pingtung Rescue Centre (Taiwan).  Its mission is to help conserve Asia's endangered wildlife by tackling the illegal wildlife trade in Asia, with a current focus on endangered primate rescue and reintroduction in southern Vietnam, engaging communities through conservation education and awareness and encouraging responsible tourism, respecting wildlife and wild places

Help Primates
The HELP project (Ecological Habitat and Freedom of Primates) consists of two partner organizations : HELP Congo and HELP International. It aims to protect primates, particularly chimpanzees, and their habitat. 


Rehabilitation Trust Gambia
Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project works to give orphaned chimpanzees the opportunity to grow 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, as substitute humans in a laboratory.  It is the longest running chimpanzee rehabilitation project in Africa.

Neotropical Primate Conservation
Set up to promote conservation of Neotropical forest habitat and wildlife by land protection, research, improving degrading habitat for wildlife, raising public awareness, and the commercialisation of sustainable ecological products on behalf of local people.  Primates are its flagship species for community conservation projects.  It is aiming to create private and community-run reserves which will protect major areas of natural biological corridors connecting existing protected areas which will ensure long term habitat protection for wildlife. 

Wild Futures 
Wild Futures rescues, campaigningeducating and providing sanctuary to primates in need. It supports projects overseas, working to protect primates and habitats worldwide. 

Colobus Conservation
Colobus Conservation conserves and protects the threatened primates of Kenya and their habitats, most notably to ensure the long-term survival of the Angolan black and white colobus monkey and other primates on the South Coast of Kenya, mainly in Diani.  This work has become even more important recently due to increased development there. Its programmes focus on habitat conservation, community linkages, people/primate conflict management, welfare, education and eco-tourism awareness.

Ape Action Africa
Ape Action Africa is passionate about great ape conservation in Cameroon and it seeks to address the immediate threats faced by gorillas and chimps in Africa and to work with communities to develop long-term solutions to ensure their survival in the wild. It rescues orphaned and injured gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys, some only days old and hours from death and, once in their care in Cameroon’s Mefou primate sanctuary, they give them urgent veterinary care and nourishment. They run a thriving education programme for local children, and are committed to identifying areas which can put put asisde as protected for rescued gorillas and chimpanzees. 

IPPL is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s remaining primates, great and small. They also have a small sanctuary for gibbons in South Carolina. 

Primate Society of Great Britain 
The UK's national primatological society is dedicated to the advancement of primate research, conservation and captive care.  By joining together in large numbers we can represent the needs of primates and their habitats better and help reverse the trends towards extinction.

Pam's Foundation
Registered in the USA, Tanzania and Italy, the foundation's mission is to empower those who protect wildlife and wild places  It works to protect endangered species and environments and to promote awareness of the real value that wildlife and wild places have for our planet.  One of the things is does is to provide ranger support

Lemur Conservation Network
This network units over 50 conservation organisations working to protect tover 100 species of lemurs across their island home in Madagascar.  It aims to implement the crucial lemur survival action plan, to protect lemur habitat and to save lemurs from extinction.  They work closely with local communities and strongly believe that if they are to help the lemurs, they must support the people there too.  Find out how you can help lemurs 

Apenheul Primate Conservation Trust
The Trust supports various nature conservation around the world and so actively participates in protecting nature and serves the local community. 

The Jim Cronin Memorial Fund for Primate Welfare and Conservation
The Fund aims to advance the education of the public in the conservation of non-human primates and in all other matters concerning them and to relieve the suffering of non-human primates who need care and attention, and to rescue and provide care and treatment for such non-human primates that are unwanted, abandoned, neglected or ill-treated