Sorocaba Sanctuary (São Paulo)
It is the pioneer and the largest of the four sanctuaries. Planned and owned by Dr. Pedro Ynterian, this sanctuary gave a start to the activities of GAP Brazil in 2000. Nowadays it rehomes more than 40 chimpanzees and the structure, which fulfills the best security standards, is prepared to receive more primates who need a new home. The permanent team of the sanctuary is composed of a veterinarian, who is in charge for the medical station, and a biologist, who develops environmental enrichment activities with the “guests”.
The plans for the expansion of the sanctuary includes the construction of a specific area for social and cultural development of the chimpanzees, which is kindly called “Escolinha” (little school), and a surgical centre, to specialized emergency attendance.