Our vision at The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA)

At SAASA our vision is to maintain sustainable wildlife sanctuaries of various species of wildlife living in as close as possible habitat to their home range, and to maintain these groups as ecologically and genetically pure populations, in order to at some future point to be in a position to utilise them for the re-seeding of their home ranges. Stemming from the need for functional and self-sustaing sanctuaries throughout the World, and the serious obligation of society to meet the challenges of possible extinction of most species in the wild, The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) was born. The vision of this Foundation (SAASA) is a not for gain, we are a body which will strive to improve the lives of captive wild animals and strives to change legislation which allows and/or supports trading in wild animals. One of SAASA’s goals is to encourage understanding and commitment to the conservation of the world`s wildlife, the need for healthy natural habitats and recognition of the interdependence of people, their natural environment and its component resources. The Foundations is committed to reaching and engaging the largest number of people possible to enable them, through knowledge and understanding, to develop the motivation and skills to make informed choices about their lives in relation to the wise use of the natural resources around them. Location of the sanctuaries: Plettenberg Bay – South Africa. Email us at info@saasa.org.za Our aim is to: • Promote the plight of primates • Promote the plight of birds • Promote the plight of apex cats • Promote the protection of habitat and environments including those where no primates, birds and apex cats are found • Strive to change legislation to protect wild animal rights It is with great pride that South African`s can claim that SAASA’s efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates and birds has already successfully created internationally recognised safe houses (sanctuaries) in Plettenberg Bay that these magnificent creatures can call “home”. These truly extra-ordinary sanctuaries are home to many species of primates and birds and apex cats from 5 continents around the world. Although they don`t `speak` the same language, the various groups all live in total harmony with each other. A question often asked, is “can the primates and birds born at SAASA’s free-roaming sanctuaries be reintroduced into the forests of their homeland, e.g.: Madagascar?” Presently protection of the world’s remaining forests involves a race against time, but with self-sustained colonies of endangered species being established in sanctuaries such as those maintained and planned by SAASA, they could one day be the source for reintroducing primate and bird species into the wild areas where they have been depleted. Yet, reintroduction programs within natural habitats can only succeed if significant progress is made in designating secure sites in the wild. Unfortunately reserves are often too poorly funded to keep staff and prevent intrusion from slash-and-burn farmers and hunters. In some countries national park authorities have even allowed logging operations to continue within park boundaries. As a result the majority of the world’s primate and bird species, and many other wild animals, face continued habitat destruction, hunting, and capture for illegal sale. * No breeding is planned for the apex cats in our care.  All our apex cats are on birth control. One of SAASA’s main focus / vision is to create self-sustaining tourist-driven free-roaming sanctuaries throughout our continent housing either endangered or critically vulnerable primates and birds and other animals. In order for this to happen, environmentally suitable land has to be secured and placed into trust for the sole use of housing these sustainable sanctuaries, and this will form a major part of the outreach work that will be undertaken over the next decade. SAASA is the sole custodian of all the primates, birds and apex cats found at its flagship sanctuaries in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay (South Africa). SAASA is relatively new to the environmental scene, and has only just started to make its mark. SAASA’s newest venture Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary relocated from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay and opened on the 1st of August 2013.

Banking details for The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA)

FIRST NATIONAL BANK

Account number: 62057839733

Branch code: 210-514

Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

 

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