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The PCWS Primate Sanctuary

The number of non-human primates in need of a safe, permanent, enriched home grows larger every day. The few appropriate primate sanctuaries in existence are swiftly reaching their carrying capacity and therefore cannot continue to take on many additional primates.

The PCWS Sanctuary will help to ensure that primates that have been cast aside by individuals and institutions will be able to live out their days in peace and comfort. Our goal will be to focus on primates in Washington State. Currently there is no legitimate primate sanctuary in this region able to accept non-human primates (see note below), and given the fact that there are primate breeding facilities, large university and private biomedical laboratories, numerous pet primate breeders and dealers, as well as several large zoological parks, this state is in dire need of a TAOS accredited primate sanctuary.

PCWS has been approached by many institutions and private owners that are seeking a permanent home for non-human primates in need. Several orangutans and chimpanzees as well as many species of monkeys are currently seeking a lifetime of sanctuary and need our help.

Please join us in this effort and help save the lives of primates today. For more information, please download the PCWS Brochure (PDF format).


Note: The Primate Conservation & Welfare Society completely supports the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute in Ellensburg, Washington. However, according to Executive Director Dr. Roger Fouts, "We can not take any more chimpanzees without compromising the condition here and causing problems with our present chimpanzees. Even though we do get approached by those seeking permanent sanctuary for apes, we have to say no. Washington State is in need of a legitimate sanctuary which can accept new additions."


"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity."

George Bernard Shaw