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The End of the Chimpanzee Trade in Southern DR Congo, and Next Steps to Protect Primates Across Africa: PASA and JACK Sanctuary

April 25, 2017

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), the largest association of wildlife centers in Africa, includes 22 organizations in 13 countries. PASA members are some of the oldest conservation centers on the continent. They protect vast tracts of habitat, have reintroduced all three of Africa’s endangered great apes, and work closely with local communities toward permanent change. The combination of PASA’s global network and its member organizations’ local expertise and experience uniquely positions the Alliance to produce lasting changes to protect Africa’s primates.

Susan Lutter, Chair of PASA’s Board, and Gregg Tully, PASA’s Executive Director, highlighted the organization’s current programs to protect African primates and their habitat. Franck Chantereau, founder of JACK Sanctuary in DRC and PASA Board member, discussed how he established JACK Sanctuary and eradicated the chimpanzee trade in southern DRC.

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Speaker Bios

Franck Chantereau co-founded J.A.C.K. (Jeunes Animaux Confiques au Katanga / Young Animals Confiscated in Katanga) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He continues to manage J.A.C.K., which works to stop the illegal wildlife trade and cares for orphan chimpanzee who have been confiscated by law authorities.

Susan Lutter comes to conservation after twenty-five years of general management and business development experience in the US and Europe followed by more than a decade of expanding experience in non-profit operations. After serving the Executive Director of the Gorilla Foundation, she is now the Director of Act for Great Apes as well as the Chair of the Board of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance.

Gregg Tully, the Executive Director of PASA, came to the organization from Thailand where he was the CEO of Soi Dog Foundation. Before that he earned a PhD in Evolutionary Biology with a focus on animal behavior, and managed the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre in Nepal.

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