Law Enforcement

Protecting wild primates through law enforcement

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance’s member wildlife centers make arrests of wildlife traffickers possible by working closely with law authorities to rescue the animals being smuggled. When traffickers in Africa are caught with wildlife, the animals generally go to wildlife centers because the governments lack facilities for caring for wild animals. Without the centers, many smugglers would be allowed to go free. Wildlife law enforcement is generally weaker in African countries that don’t have any wildlife centers.

PASA wildlife centers also collaborate with government agencies to patrol crucial habitat to protect primates from poachers. Almost 3/4 of PASA members patrol great ape habitat. They arrest poachers whenever possible and search for and remove snares. Their very presence keeps poachers away.

Furthermore, the centers encourage the enactment of stronger wildlife protection laws as well as more effective enforcement of the existing laws.