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.