Last week Kelsi, myself, JB and Diana got the extraordinary opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia where the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) was hosting its 2023 workshop. Volunteer Patti also joined in on the event! Please forgive me as I failed to take any of my own photos. Eventually NAPSA should be releasing more photos of the event on their social media pages.
It’s been 5 years since the last in-person conference so we were very excited to network with fellow sanctuary people once again. While the rest of our hard working staff kept things running smoothly back home, we learned more about such topics as compassion fatigue in care staff, veterinary care, enrichment, and group introductions (to name only a few).
We finished up our trip with a visit to a fellow NAPSA member sanctuary Project Chimps. It was fascinating to see a larger sanctuary in action and get to see some of our former interns who have graduated and are now pursuing their own caregiving careers at Project Chimps.
A huge thanks to NAPSA program director Erika Fleury for organizing the conference, Project Chimps for hosting our visit, the various sponsors of the event and all of our supporters for making these types of educational opportunities a possibility for our staff.