Membership in NAPSA
Organizations caring for captive primates (defined as non-human apes, monkeys, lemurs, and other prosimian species) may apply and be considered for membership in NAPSA based on their ability to demonstrate an existing adherence to the following criteria:
- Must rescue and provide care and a lifelong home to primates who have been abused, injured, abandoned or are otherwise in need.
- Must espouse NAPSA Core Values and Code of Conduct.
- Must have implemented birth control protocols to prevent propagation of the primate residents.
- Must be a 501 (c)(3), non-profit organization (or equivalent in countries other than the United States).
- Must be accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).
- Must obtain a USDA license (or Canadian/Mexican equivalent) and maintain required state/provincial and municipal permits and licenses.
- Must have a “whistleblower” or ethics complaint policy in effect.
- Must not engage in the commercial trade of primates.
- Must not allow primate residents to be used in entertainment.
- Must not allow unescorted public visitation.
- Must not allow direct physical contact between the public and the non-human primate residents.
- Must not accept more primates than can be responsibly cared for without exceeding the available financial resources.
- Must not participate in research unless the studies directly benefit non-human primates, are observational or do not require anesthetic events in addition to health checks, and do not interfere with the normal daily activities of individual primates.
- Must not allow primates to be removed from the property for purposes of fundraising, exhibition, education, research.
Institutions that meet the above criteria will be eligible for full membership in NAPSA. Those institutions that do not meet all of the criteria necessary for full membership but are working towards that end may be considered for transitional membership. Transitional members must agree to actively seek to meet all of the criteria for membership within one year. During that period, transitional members may avail themselves of technical assistance from NAPSA to assist them in their efforts to achieve full membership.
NAPSA Membership Levels and Annual Dues
Advisory Board and Founding Member Sanctuaries
Sanctuaries w/budget in excess of $3,000,000
Sanctuaries w/budget between $1,000,000 -$3,000,000
Sanctuaries w/budget less than $1,000,000
In addition to membership, which is open to institutions holding captive primates, NAPSA will also welcome partners ($5,000+ donors and grant-giving supporters) and advocates ($100+ donors) as "friends" of the organization.