Great Apes Sanctuary of Paraná

São José dos Pinhais/PR, Brazil

Maintained by the Anami Conservationist Institute,  the Great Apes Sanctuary of Paraná, in São José dos Pinhais, south of Brazil, is the most modern one of the Brazilian Sanctuaries.

It was founded by the Czech couple Milan and Anita Starostik, who owned a large industrial group in the state and already had a conservationist centre, given their willing for animal protection. After the sale of their company, the couple began to dedicate themselves personally to the great apes.

The enclosures have modern heating systems, many toys in large areas, and the trampoline is one of the residents’ favorites.

In an area of 230,000 m², the Anami Institute is inserted in the Miringuava River Basin, whose delta is in the Iguaçu River and is entirely located in the municipality of São José dos Pinhais.

The Institute has complete infrastructure, that includes input storage warehouse, veterinary outpatient and surgical centers, quarantine sector, veterinary kitchen, dressing rooms and meal halls for staff and the enclosures for the primates and other animals. The latter were developed in accordance with each species biological needs, taking into account factors like well-being, solar exposure and safety for animals and caretakers. The facilities were built in a former agricultural property.

Sanctuary Residents
André arrived at the Anami Institute in 2007 and was integrated into a group with 5 other chimpanzees. He is a cheerful chimpanzee but a little fearful, and to solve his problems within the group he made an alliance with the alpha male (Biito), taking advantage of security and every moment of interaction between him and Biito. It is very common to see André calling others to play. In addition to staying in his tower with his legs crossed, resting and observing everything that happens around him. He is very affectionate and has the personality of a quiet chimpanzee who loves to interact.
Date of birth: 06/06/1996
Origin: Circo
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Male, born in the forests of Africa. Captured as a puppy, he was sold to a shopkeeper in Lebanon where he lived until he was four years old inside a pet shop, being subjected to taking pictures with the store's customers. After completing four years, the owners of this establishment were no longer able to maintain it, as it was already very strong and had its own will. He was transferred to a precarious zoo located in Beirut and spent six more years without the company of another chimpanzee, being tortured and mistreated.
Date of birth: 11/2000
Origin: Líbano
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Today, he is the alpha male of a group of six chimpanzees. His ally is André, who is always interacting with him.
Date of birth: 09/30/1991
Origin: Circo
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
He lived confined in a trailer without any care for well-being or hygiene. During this period, several complaints were made to IBAMA (Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources), for abandonment and mistreatment, through an NGO. When he wasn't performing at the circus, he was often forced to take pictures with tourists in Paranaguá, on the coast of Paraná.
Date of birth: 10/16/1993
Origin: Circo Portugal
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Male, son of Iara and Johny, Capitão was born in Circo Romano. He worked for many years at Circo Garcia and in 2007 he was received at Anami. He lived in the ''Paulista'' group with six other chimpanzees. Alpha male, he was the one who dominated the space. A strong, imposing chimpanzee and a protector of his entire group.
Date of birth: 1976
Origin: Circo Romano
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
At bedtime, Carol chooses Caíque to share the room. During all these years she has shown a strong personality and plenty of intelligence. She climbs the palm trees and picks jerivá coconuts, then shares them with her friends. When she doesn't like some fruit she gets on a tray, she doesn't think twice about giving it to Tota.
Date of birth: 09/23/1999
Origin:
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Male. DOB: 2005, approximately, Africa. He was captured in the forest at a very young age. It is believed that he was taken from his mother by traffickers, being pulled by his legs, as he has a physical condition called bilateral coxofemoral dislocation. This chronic condition evolved into a significant atrophy of both pelvic limbs and difficulty walking. Because of this, he walked using only his arms. Charlie spent his entire childhood in a precarious zoo in Lebanon in a very small enclosure, being forced to take pictures with visitors. After reports of mistreatment, he was rescued by an NGO that sent him to Anami. On July 11, 2014, after a long trip of three days, he arrived in Brazil very thin and malnourished. During the period
Date of birth: 2005
Origin: África
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
He arrived at the sanctuary in 2005 and his weight was only 7.8 kg. He was very thin, malnourished and scared. While he lived in the circus, Dino spent most of the day in a dark and very small cage, preventing his normal development. His musculature was atrophied and he showed signs of rickets.
Date of birth: 05/04/2003
Origin: Circo
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Dunga was a sweet, understanding and delicate chimpanzee, he hardly ever got irritated, he always had a calm face of someone who had a good life.
Date of birth: 04/17/1995
Origin: Brasilia Zoo
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
in memoriam
Born in a zoo on May 20, 2000, Johny was rejected by his mother. At five months old, he was received by the Starostik couple, living with them in their house until he was one year old, as he needed special care, such as a bottle every two hours.
Date of birth: 05/20/2000
Origin: Zoo
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Through an international NGO, after much processing, Judy was transferred to the Anami Institute sanctuary in 2012. After the quarantine period, she was integrated with Omega – the Lebanese chimpanzee who had lived alone until then. His euphoria was remarkable. The anxiety to be with her was reflected in her behavior. In the first physical contact, the two embraced and acceptance was mutual. Today, the chimpanzee couple lives in great harmony.
Date of birth: 1991
Origin:
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Meet the beautiful Katai! The female orangutan was born in 1985 in a German zoo and is a Sumatra/Borneo hybrid. Since 2010, she has been one of the residents of the Anami Institute's Great Apes Sanctuary, in Paraná.
Date of birth: 02/07/1985
Origin: Germany
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Female. DOB: 03/02/95, in captivity. She lived most of her childhood in a zoo in Lisbon, Portugal. As a teenager, she was transferred to a zoo in Brazil and on May 25, 2010, Leila arrived at Anami along with Tota, her adoptive “mother”. She was extremely aggressive with everyone on the team, hitting the bars hard and not accepting the presence of humans. Over the years, she learned to trust her caregivers, realizing that they didn't pose any kind of threat. Today, she lives in harmony with three other chimpanzees, interacting with everyone as if she had always been part of the group. When she is happy with an enrichment item, she runs to hug Tota and Caíque.
Date of birth: 02/03/1995
Origin: Lisbon Zoo-Portugal
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
He arrived at the sanctuary in 2004 from a circus, where he was forced to perform circus shows, under mistreatment. He was soon integrated with Matheus and Carol, his brothers, who had been separated shortly after birth, but the reunion was marked by a lot of partying and games.
Date of birth: 09/11/2002
Origin: Circus
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Lucy is a docile female and very zealous with her children. During her life in the circus, she had several puppies, but no opportunity to raise them, as they were taken from her the same day they were born. With her arrival at Anami, this reality changed. Lucy can raise Noel, her youngest son.
Date of birth: 1981
Origin: Circus
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Daughter of Ditty and Gilberto. Since she was born, she has lived in a group with her family. She is a very strong and feisty female, just like her mother Ditty when she was younger. She takes good care of her daughter, Sol, and is always a part of the group's activities, teasing everyone to get what she wants.
Date of birth: 05/06/2003
Origin: Sorocaba Great Ape Sanctuary.
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
She had morbid obesity and diabetes. She spent most of the day inactive and rarely went outside to interact with the other chimpanzees. She suffered from binge eating and, whenever she could, stole food from others, often causing serious disagreements. She created a very strong bond with Zezinho, with whom she currently lives and has a very healthy relationship.
Date of birth: 09/24/1993
Origin: Circo Garcia
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
He arrived at the sanctuary in 2002 and was separated from the others for security reasons, as he was very young. However, on the day he was integrated, the surprise was huge and, contrary to what was feared, the meeting resulted in strong hugs and positive interactions, indicating that the integration was a success.
Date of birth: 08/03/2001
Origin: Circus
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Mizrach likes to rest in his tower, but he also walks a lot and every now and then he is seen on top of the coconut trees picking jerivá coconuts. From the top he also observes the other groups and vocalizes a lot with the other chimpanzees.
Date of birth: 1985
Origin: Private zoo in Israel
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Fortunately, he was able to be raised by his mother at the sanctuary. Still very small, even being breastfed by her, he needed food supplements, as Lucy did not produce enough milk. On a daily basis, with confidence in the team, he handed him over to receive special care.
Date of birth: 10/21/2007
Origin: Sanctuary
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
He was captured as a puppy and, since he was a little boy, he was exploited by a restaurant owner who gave him cigarettes and forced him to serve hookah from table to table. As a teenager, he was transferred to a precarious zoo in Lebanon and lived there until 2010. As he was reputed to be the smoking chimpanzee, zoo keepers and visitors would throw cigarettes at him. After several complaints, he was rescued by an international NGO. On November 9, 2010, Omega's life changed completely. He was welcomed into the sanctuary of the Anami Institute with open arms. He had a suffering and distrustful face, but little by little, he gained confidence, becoming a very cooperative and calm chimpanzee. Omega passed by u
Date of birth: 1998
Origin: África
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
He arrived at the sanctuary in 2007, coming from the circus where he was subjected to abuse. He was integrated into a group of chimpanzees that came from São Paulo and regularly disputes leadership with an older male (Biito). Pedrinho has a strong personality and is always teasing others in the group. With unrivaled agility, he proves to be a stealthy male. Tina is her best friend and in conflict situations he is the one who protects her.
Date of birth: 07/27/1995
Origin: Circus
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Punia, her companion Pweke and her daughter, Zuri, come from an Argentinean zoo. There, the family shared the enclosure with two other chimpanzees, however, while they were in the internal enclosure, the two had to remain in the external enclosure. Due to this management difficulty and the impossibility of integrating the five individuals, Anami was asked to receive the three. They are the Institute's most recent guests, having arrived in 2018.
Date of birth: 02/20/1992
Origin: Zoo in Argentina
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
In 2002, he was transferred to a zoo in Argentina, where he lived until January 23, 2018, when he arrived at Anami along with his partner (Punia) and daughter (Zuri). He is a protective male and at the same time a little fearful, something common in newcomer chimpanzees.
Date of birth: 11/28/1992
Origin: Zoo in the city of Basel, Switzerland
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
He arrived at the sanctuary together with Maria, in 2007, very suspicious and very apprehensive. She carried trauma from 20 years of mistreatment in the circus. She wouldn't go down to the floor, she wouldn't leave the room and she would look around in fear of any noise.
Date of birth: 05/26/1987
Origin: Circus
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
She arrived at the sanctuary in 2010 and is the oldest chimpanzee at the Institute. Today she lives with Carol, Caíque and Leila, with whom she has an intense maternal relationship. Tota doesn't look her age. She is very active during the day and very methodical with her schedules, especially at mealtimes. Every day she sets up her nest to rest and loves the fruit treats that are offered in the late afternoon. She always vocalizes in a gesture of thanks.
Date of birth: 1979
Origin: Zoo in Lisbon
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Today, she lives in a group of six individuals, with Lucy as her best friend, with whom she shared the tasks of raising Noel during all these years. She also takes care of Dino and always protects him in times of tension. When she wants food, she claps her hands. Vitória seems to have recovered from her previous life and overcome her traumas.
Date of birth: 2000
Origin: Lost Paradise Park Zoo
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Yuri was also required to take pictures with people. But luckily, his fate has completely changed. On May 6, 2009, he was sent to the Anami Institute, being the last circus chimpanzee to be rescued before this practice became illegal. Very humanized and weakened, he cried and didn't want to eat, probably missing his human family with whom he lived for 13 years.
Date of birth: 1996
Origin: Circus
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
After fourteen years of suffering in a circus, on February 12, 2007, Zezinho arrived at the Instituto Conservacionista Anami. Very humanized, he always sought contact with the team, vocalizing to attract the attention of anyone passing by. These days, he pretty much ignores people.
Date of birth: 12/31/1993
Origin: Circus
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil
Female. DOB: 04/12/04, zoo in Argentina. She was transferred to the sanctuary on January 23, 2018, along with Pweke, her father, and Punia, her mother. Very withdrawn, she always hid behind her mother and took a long time to trust the team. She didn't even approach to get her favorite fruit. Sometimes she ate her parents' leftovers because she was too afraid to go near the trays. She often fought with Pweke, which occurred when she wanted to take some food from him. With much insistence, Zuri lost her fear. The disagreements subsided as she realized that the food was plentiful and that the team was there to support her. Zuri loves to climb the towers and stand upside down feeling the sun and wind that he loves so much. She is very active and playful. Its coat shines like n
Date of birth: 12/04/2004
Origin: Zoo in Argentina
Sanctuary: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná/Brazil