Pacific Primate Sanctuary Programs and Activities
Interns & Volunteers
Pacific Primate Sanctuary offers refuge and protection to Central and South America primates, creating habitats for primate families to live in safe, natural surroundings.
Students and local residents are given the opportunity to learn to become caregivers and protectors of the natural environment. Pacific Primate Sanctuary volunteers also provide environmental education outreach programs to schoolchildren and community organizations, teaching respect for the Earth and all living things.
Year-long resident internships at the Sanctuary provide the unique opportunity of receiving training in all aspects of New World primate care and husbandry. Interns live on site and can observe the monkeys housed in social groups in a naturalistic tropical setting similar to their native jungles, which are often inaccessible.
Zoological Horticulture Program
The sanctuary’s innovative zoological horticulture program started 10 years ago in an effort to provide more "natural" food and forage for the primates. As most rain forest vegetation grows well in Maui, hundreds of trees have been seeded to vegetate the habitats for each colony of monkeys.
Environmental Education Program
Representatives of Pacific Primate Sanctuary offer presentations on the subjects of endangered species, rain forest preservation, and the changing global environment. The objective is to assist future generations in becoming environmental stewards, educators and problem solvers.
Tale of Miranda the White-faced Capuchin Monkey
When Miranda, a white-faced Capuchin monkey, first arrived at the sanctuary, she was emaciated and weighed half of what she should have. Captured by animal dealers in the rain forests of Central America, she was isolated and confined in a small cage for over a year without room even to stand up. Out of desperation and frustration, she had pulled her fur out, becoming completely bald from the waist down, with no fur on her arms, chest, neck or tail.
Given large enclosures planted with trees, vines and flowers, the sanctuary provided Miranda a life in the Green World to live the most natural, healthy, and happy way possible. In five months, all of her fur had grown back as she was given back some control over her life. The ultimate goal is to return her to her native forests or relocate her to a preserve in Central America.
With no funding from any governmental agencies, the 75 monkeys at Pacific Primate Sanctuary depend upon the support of volunteers and financial contributions from the public for their daily survival. People can help by supporting Pacific Primate Sanctuary with tax deductible donations. Donations can be made via the Pacific Primate Sanctuary web site or mailed to:
Pacific Primate Sanctuary
500-A Haloa Road
Haiku, Maui, Hawaii 96708
A Smart Contribution for a Good Cause
Smarthome first partnered with Pacific Primate Sanctuary four years ago, when Smarthome CTO, Dan Cregg, visited the sanctuary to assist in setting up a touchscreen controller to control the heat lamps high above the sleeping houses to keep the monkeys warm, especially through the cold winter months.
Smarthome founder and a champion of animal rights, Joe Dada followed with a visit to the sanctuary to learn how Smarthome could further help the sanctuary. Joe realized how smart products could help run the sanctuary more efficiently and provided equipment to set up a wireless network surveillance camera system to allow remote monitoring of the primates from off-site locations. To garner more exposure for the sanctuary, Smarthome provided a wireless Internet camera for the "Monkey-Cam" that allows visitors to the website to see a live video feed of the monkeys. Smarthome also funded the cable internet service to the entire facility, so the Web Cam can operate and interns can conduct research more easily.
| ||Smarthome visits Pacific Primate Sanctuary |
(From left to right: Joe Dada, CEO of Smarthome; Lucy Wormser - Founder of Pacific Primate Sanctuary; Laurie Maroni - VP of Marketing of Smarthome)
Now for every purchase of any INSTEON Starter Kit until December 1st, Smarthome will donate a percentage of profits to Pacific Primate Sanctuary. Thank you for joining us in helping save animals that otherwise would be unable to help themselves.
Last Updated: October 16, 2007