NAPSA was founded in 2010 by the directors of seven of the leading chimpanzee sanctuaries on the continent. 

With chimpanzees as the common denominator among the founding members, and the current atmosphere of hope surrounding the future use of chimps in biomedical research and the entertainment industry, the early focus of NAPSA was on chimp-related issues.  However, with the construction of the organization’s infrastructure complete, NAPSA has started expanding its ranks by accepting applications for membership from primate sanctuaries across the continent.  Once that expansion has been completed, and all those sanctuaries which can meet the rigorous criteria for membership have come on board, NAPSA member sanctuaries will be able to speak with one unified, powerful voice on behalf of all of North America’s primate population.


NAPSA's 2015 Steering Committee 

left to right: April Truitt, Gloria Grow, JB Mulcahy, Kari Bagnall, Cathy Willis Spraetz, Patti Ragan, Erika Fleury, Noelle Almrud, Lesley Day


NAPSA is is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a San Francisco-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  Initial funding for NAPSA was provided by the Arcus Foundation, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society and the Park Foundation.