Patti Ragan, Founder and Director of Center for Great Apes Presents at St. Andrew's Village!

May 08 2018
Two monkeys playing in the wild.

Darlene, our Community Life Director, is passionate about Great Ape conservation. She shared her week long volunteer experience at Center for Great Apes (CGA) this March with residents and was very excited to have Patti Ragan, the Founder and Director of CGA give a presentation about this incredible ape sanctuary to our residents!

CGA has its beginning roots in the rain forests of Indonesian Borneo, where over 31 years ago, in 1984, founder Patti Ragan spent several months volunteering on a rehabilitation project for wild orangutans. During this intense time of living with orangutans and gaining experience caring for orphaned infants, Patti learned to love and appreciate the quiet and gentle nature of orangutans.

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. Orangutans and chimpanzees are endangered species and CGA is the only accredited orangutan sanctuary in the nation.

Residents from St. Andrew's Village and Harvard Square joined Patti, to learn about the apes, hear their stories and how Center for Great Apes is rescuing these incredible apes.

See and the attached video to learn more about how you can help in this vital mission