Center for Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation, Inc.

aka Center for Great Apes   |   Wauchula, FL   |  www.centerforgreatapes.org

Mission

The Center for Great Apes' mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade.  The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care.

Ruling year info

1994

Founding Director

Ms. Patricia Ragan

Main address

PO Box 488

Wauchula, FL 33873 USA

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EIN

65-0444725

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Center for Great Apes will continue to provide permanent life-long sanctuary care for orangutans and chimpanzees in need. As long as there is a need, the Center will responsibly rescue and retire great apes exploited through entertainment, research, or were privately owned pets. Each individual ape will be provided lifetime care with individualized rehabilitative plans which will include the highest level of medical, emotional, nutritional, social, and psychological care performed by quality, empathetic, and highly trained staff members.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education and Outreach Program

In addition to maintaining an enriched environment for our primate residents, we provide non-invasive behavioral study opportunities for interested students of primatology, zoology, anthropology, and related subjects. Our Founder and senior ape care staff travel to national symposia to present papers on captive primates and their care. We also serve as a resource center for the local community, hosting small groups of interested visitors and elementary students.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Center's core purpose is to provide quality lifetime care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for orangutans and chimpanzees needing sanctuary who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Lifetime Care for Orangutans and Chimpanzees

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals in collection

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Related Program

Education and Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the pandemic, we were unable to have volunteers at the sanctuary during a majority of 2020.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Best in class care (veterinary, social, nutritional) for orangutans and chimpanzees who have no option for release into the wild, and who will require lifetime sanctuary care;
2. Educational opportunities for the public to learn about captive great apes and the threats to conservation of great apes in the wild;
3. Advocacy for the end of exploitation of great apes in captivity (entertainment, research, pet trade) through collaboration with other organizations.
4. Sustainability and Succession planning to ensure CGA has the resources (financial and human) to provide lifetime care for our great ape residents.

1. Best in class care will be achieved by continuing to actively participate in the Species Survival Plan conferences and meetings for orangutans and chimpanzees; continue to participate in the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) whose mission is to advance and advocate for the welfare of captive primates; continue to meet or exceed the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) standards (CGA was the first chimpanzee sanctuary to be accredited by GFAS, and remains the only orangutan sanctuary accredited)
2. Our education program has been expanded in recent years to include monthly Ape-ology classes open to the public for a fee and covering such topics as nutrition, socialization and general great ape information; lecture tours to interested public and private schools; Skype sessions provided for students unable or unwilling to travel to CGA; continue our collaboration with Ape Ambassadors, a club for kids and teens which supports CGA; continue our active social media programs to disseminate information about great apes to an international audience.
3. Continue to serve as an expert consultant to North American Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), Humane Society of U.S. (HSUS), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), government agencies seeking input (i.e. chimpanzee retirement from research) on issues affecting great apes directly while maintaining our independence in dealing directly with pet owners and entertainment trainers always putting the needs of the individual apes first.
4. Our current strategic plan identifies 5 critical issues: sustainability improvements to strengthen our organization; measured growth; ape healthcare improvements; education; and board development. We are working towards identifying and correcting any skills gap in our current staffing structure; the establishment of an ape acceptance policy including a pro forma for expected cost increases; innovative new training on healthcare procedures to reduce the need for anesthesia (ear flushes, blood draws, injections); enhancing our grant program to include education; providing seminars and coaching for board members while attracting new members with specifically identified skills.

With a budget of $2.4 million, CGA is financially capable of providing the appropriate care (staffing, nutrition, veterinary) these intelligent great apes require and deserve. Our managers average 20 years of experience in nurturing great apes and our veterinarian has been with CGA for over 20 years creating a stable environment. In addition, our active involvement with other ape sanctuaries, animal rescue/rights organizations, and accrediting groups (GFAS, Charity Navigator, GuideStar) ensures we maintain the highest standards of care and operations for a sanctuary. We also host international rescue organizations from Borneo, Sumatra and Africa to exchange knowledge, practices, and ideas on great ape management.
Our focus for the future is on expanding our major donor, legacy and foundation grant programs to provide sustainable revenue streams while attracting new donors and educating them on the issues surrounding captive great apes and our goals to eliminate the use of great apes as pets, for entertainment, and in research.

Starting with just 6 young apes in 1993, CGA has provided sanctuary care for over 80 great apes. But, there remain orangutans and chimpanzees still being held as pets, for use in entertainment or for research so our work is not done. While we are happy with our success to date, we hope to expand to include more apes in need.

Our education program has grown from 5 to 10 interested school groups annually, to over 20 last year, not including our virtual interactions. We continue to hold adult education programs, Ape-ology, which averages 30 participants each class, many of whom become volunteers and CGA, as well as Afternoon with the Apes an educational tour for 25 participants.

Our development efforts have been expanded, but we have work still to do to reduce our reliance on a small number of foundations and donors. The board is actively working on cultivating major donors, building our legacy program, and helping with grant opportunities.

Financials

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Center for Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sue Dupre

Patti Ragan

Kevin Carmichael

Sue Dupre

Lucie Easley

Scott Peisner

Charles Carlon

John Gill

Patrick Harris

Pat Kelly

Lindsey Matheson

Wally Baldwin

Ronna Phelps

Lori Perkins

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/21/2020

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