Many primates and other exotic mammals are still forced to live under very poor circumstances. We provide shelter for animals that need urgent help, so that they can settle down and recuperate. These animals have often suffered severe abuse or neglect. At AAP we can give them the professional care that they need. (Click here to register an animal.)

After an animal has been registered, the urgency of its case will be established, and a possible date of transport marked. A waiting list exists for some species. Upon arrival, all animals are placed into temporary quarantine. Here they undergo extensive medical checkups and all necessary treatment. Individual treatment plans are developed, addressing diet, medication and behavioural aspects. After leaving quarantine, animals (unless solitary by nature) will be housed with members of their own species and the process of rehabilitation starts.



The AAP Foundation is located near the Dutch town of Almere, in the midst of a wooded area that is part of the Flevo polder (nature reserve). In this natural environment, our foundation has a number of specially designed complexes set on a 5, 5 acre plot of land. With many permanent employees and an even larger group of dedicated volunteers, we work hard every day to ensure the wellbeing of our animals. In our animal shelter, we currently house a total of 471 primates and other exotic mammals, with a constant in- outflow of animals. Our animals are housed in our Quarantine, the Primate building, theChimpanzee Complex, the Mammal department, on one of the Primate islands or in Primadomus. Our headquarters are also located on the domain.

Our domain is part of the Kemphaan, a city estate where different organizations cooperate in the area of sustainability. Apart from the AAP foundation, a learning center, a holiday facility for children with developmental delays, a nature-environmental education center run by the municipality of Almere, a city farmer who grows ecological produce and the Forestry Commission plus a number of other organizations are located on the grounds of the Kemphaan.



AAP PrimadomusPrimadomus is the Spanish headquarters of the AAP Foundation. Primadomus lies 7, 5 km to the south of the town of Villena (arround 35.000 inhabitants) in the Alicante region, at the foot of the 'Sierra de Salinas'. Our terrain spreads out over a total of 180 acres of land; the majority of the land is and will remain a nature reserve. We currently house various species of primates at Primadomus, like chimpanzees, Lampong-monkeys and baboons. In 2015 we expanded our activities to providing shelter for lions and tigers. With the help of the Nationale Postcode Loterij we realised 24 quarters in Spain to provide shelter for big cats. Because more and more European countries make an end to using wild animals in the entertainment, there are a lot of lions and tigers that go from one bad situation to another. Despite a lot of animal welfare organisations are providing shelter for lions and tigers, it is still not enough to shelter the increasingly amount of animals that need a home. In Primadomus these big cats can enjoy the rest of their lives.

In recent years, Primadomus has developed into a fully accredited CITES-animal shelter for the Southwestern part of Europe. Apart from our activities at the shelter, we actively communicate with the Spanish authorities about long-term solutions concerning current existing problems in Spain, like the illegal trade in Barbary macaques.


AAP holds the opinion that we should be responsible users of our earth. This means that we should reduce our negative impact on the environment, plants and animals to an absolute minimum and where possible, even make a positive contribution. It all starts with awareness and knowledge, but translates itself into concrete behavior. AAP is already climate neutral; every year, we compensate for our CO2-emmission by planting trees in Uganda. But it doesn’t stop there:

  • The roof of our Quarantine building has solar panels.
  • The Primate house and the Quarantine have a sustainable water pump that regulates the temperature per unit via floor heating.
  • The exterior of the Primate house and the Quarantine were constructed from rice hulls, or so-called ‘resysta’. This is a by-product of rice cultivation, mixed with salt and oil. Resysta is an environment-friendly and weather resistent product.
  • The interior part of the Quarantine was partly constructed from accoya-wood, a European type of wood that doesn’t require any maintenance. Other wood types with a FSC-label were also used for construction purposes.

AAP also aims to take on a socially responsible position as an employer. We offer structural internships and graduation options and we invest in people that, for various reasons, have to re-integrate into the work force or society itself.


For more information about the process of rescue and rehabilitation, download The intake of animals at AAP (pdf). 
This document is also available in French: L’accueil d'un animal, and in German: Die Aufnahme eines Tieres.

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