Sunday, August 23, 2009
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Monday, August 10, 2009
| http://www.africanconservation.org/content/view/1638/406/ |
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SIX YOUNG GORILLAS, rescued from the illegal bush meat trade, have begun new independent lives on a lagoon island just outside Loango National Park in Gabon.
Staff at the Société de Conservation et Développement (SCD) are celebrating after announcing the successful transfer of the six juvenile western lowland gorillas (a species deemed critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List (IUCN)) onto the safe island in the Fernan-Vaz Lagoon.
This is the first step in a reintroduction project that is hoped will allow them to return entirely to the wild and follows a three-year-long ‘rehab programme’ to prepare them for release.
One step closer to freedom
Halfway through the Year of the Gorilla, the transfer marks the beginning of the gorillas’ independence. They have exchanged their human-built shelters for the palm-fringed forested islet where they can now live in relative safety from threats from poachers or other predators. The transfer was supervised by the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project (FGVP) director Nick Bachand and his team of Gabonese keepers.
“We all felt a hint of sadness as the gorillas left the place where their journey started,” said Nick Bachand, a veterinarian. “But this was instantly replaced with a mountain of pride when we observed some of the gorillas starting to build their own nests to sleep outside overnight.”
Building self-made nests is an important indication, among others, of the young gorillas’ progress during this second phase of their rehabilitation.
Each of the six gorillas (three females, three males) varying in ages from two to seven, were orphaned by the illegal bush meat trade.
The oldest male, Gimenu, 7, was rescued in an emaciated state from a Gabonese zoo where he had spent three years in complete isolation. He is accompanied by Sindila, 4, an abandoned male found by tourists on a river excursion, and Ivindo, also 4, flown in from the Ivindo National Park in 2005. The youngest female, Wanga, 2, was left on the doorstep of a conservationist’s home in the southern half of Loango National Park while the other two Cessé and Eliwa, 3 and 2, were donated by another great-ape rescue centre in Gabon.
The gorillas have spent the past two and a half years undergoing daily forest rehabilitation accompanied by their keepers on Evengue Island, located north of Loango National Park.
A small team of local keepers will continue to monitor their progress from a base camp in the central zone of Orique island, where their new home is.
The Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project comprises a Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Programme. All its resident gorillas were rescued after the parents were killed illegally by hunters for bush meat. The purpose of the Sanctuary is to provide a safe home for gorillas that can never return to the wild as they lack the critical survival skills usually taught by their parents in the first six to eight years of their lives.
The younger gorillas are part of its Rehabilitation Programme, however, and have undergone its quarantine and socialisation stages. They now have the potential to be reintroduced into the wild although many challenges and uncertainties remain.
‘Gorilla rehab’ plays strategic role in survival of great apes
The IUCN has identified the use of reintroduction projects as part of a global strategy for the survival of the world’s endangered great apes. The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) works closely with the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project and focuses wherever possible on reintroduction programmes.
“We have to find ways to restore value to Africa’s forests, and reintroduction places focus on the African wildlife in the African forests,” said Doug Cress, executive director of PASA.
He added: “It’s no good for any of us to aspire to having the world’s largest captive population of chimpanzees or gorillas – even if we are saving lives. That is not conservation and it is not sending messages that can be translated into environmental action.”
Return to the wild
Thanks to a team of devoted veterinarians, dedicated keepers and the support of the international community, these gorillas' return to the wild in the Gabonese equatorial forest is expected within two to three years.
In the meantime, the project is working hard to raise local and global awareness on issues facing the gorillas, to encourage research that emphasises the needs of the local people, and to integrate responsible tourism, as part of a national and international effort to save the gorilla from extinction in the wild.
The Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project in Gabon is a project of Société de Conservation et Développement (SCD) in affiliation with its main eco-tourism partner, Africa’s Eden. SCD has partnerships with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Max Planck Institute, the Gabonese Ministry of Forestry, and the Gabonese National Parks Agency (ANPN).
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
H.R.2964 The Captive Primate Safety Act
Always ends in Tears - Primates as pets
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Saturday, August 1, 2009
Quelques belles images de la maison des petits singes!!
The amazing Theo! Notre superbe Theo!
Breakfast!! L'heure du déjeuner!!
Pougie enjoying every morsel!! Pougie qui se régale de chaque bouchée!!
Newton avec son maîs, il n'était pas très content que je fasse un petit vidéo alors il me montrait tout le temps ses fesses!
Best buddies Jethro & McLeod
Les inséparables Jethro et McLeod
Happy Pigs Gordie & Maurice digging to China!!
Les cochons Gordie et Maurice heureux de creuser jusqu'en Chine!!
Our newest arrivals are two little chickens
Nos derniers arrivants sont deux petits poussins
Here is Albert enjoying his breakfast, notice how his little tail is wagging frantically!!
Voici Albert qui se régale au déjeuner. Remarquez sa petite queue qui bouge sans cesse!!
Eyore really dislikes the gator, so when the farm girls clean he has a blast running after the big bad gator!!
Eyore déteste vraiment le gator et lorsque les filles nettoient il prend un malin plaisir à pourchasser le gros méchant gator!!
Pepper et Jethro examinant les structures... Voyez-vous Tom? La petite tête se pointant à gauche de Jethro c'est Tom, assis dans la petite maison, qui regarde par la fenêtre!!
It was great this year, despite the rain, the chimps were warm and happy in their new houses, structures and vinyl that was put up around various places on the sky walk.
Yoko and Toms island bed for the camp out
Spock and Maya were chilling in the mezzanine area!!
Back camp out area where Toby, Rachel and Chance were staying. They had friends visit all night and a warm fire near by to keep them warm.
Rachel sleeping (that is her little gorilla by her head) / Rachel enjoying her new wooden chair
Rachel endormie avec son petit gorille de peluche près de sa tête/Rachel s'amusant avec sa nouvelle chaise en bois.
This is usually how we found Toby and Rachel sleeping like angels, Chance was always up and about!!
Voici comment nous trouvons habituellement Toby et Rachel, dormant comme des anges, et Chance, elle, était toujours très occupée!
Toby fast asleep.... Toby endormi...
The Skywalk folks are almost impossible to get pictures of due to all the tarps and protective plastic, but we managed to get a short video of Pepper, Jethro and Tom eating pizza!!
Same dilemma for the island folks, Yoko , Binky and Petra only they do not stay in one place for a minute. Here is some video of Binky using a new rope to come down from the roof of Yoko's house and taking his lettuce to another island..
Voici les images des structures terminées et des nouvelles promenades!
New Staircase with Landing
Escalier tout neuf avec palier
A Boardwalk so the chimps don't have to walk on the wet grass or snow
Une promenade pour permettre aux chimpanzés d'éviter de marcher sur le gazon mouillé ou la neige
There is lot's more to come, we need to see what the chimps prefer, and how we can make things better and more comfortable for them.
Nous avons beaucoup de projets à venir. Il faut déterminer ce que préfèrent les chimpanzés et comment nous pouvons améliorer les choses et les rendre plus à l'aise.
A protected walkway, a new favorite spot!!
Une passerelle avec toiture, un nouvel endroit très prisé!
Another boardwalk, more comfortable than concrete.
Une autre promenade, plus comfortable que le ciment.
C'est avec regret que nous voulons vous communiquer le décès de deux de nos douce poules Sarah et Sally, ainsi que notre chèvre Mary qui vit le jour ici même à Fauna.
Gloria's sweet little beagle Juliette and Mama one of her cats
Juliette la petite beagle a Gloria et Mama une de ces chattes
They will be missed...