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.
Primadomus 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.
At the present, a visit to AAP Primadomus is only possible for the citizens of Villena, under supervision of a Spanish guide.