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Regional Projects

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA): CITES Great Ape Enforcement Task Force. The PASA contributed posters, brochures, identification cards and education materials to the recently formed CITES Great Ape Enforcement Task Force, which were distributed to wildlife agencies, customs officials and law enforcement authorities in great ape range states in Africa and Asia. These materials -- which were designed specifically to aid in the identification, confiscation and prosecution of great ape smugglers -- were supported by funds from the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force and the American Society of Primatologists. Contact: Doug Cress - doug@pasaprimates.org


The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA): Release of formerly captive primates in Congo, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. PASA organizations in each country undertook site surveys and environmental impact assessments for potential release sites of formerly captive chimpanzees and bonobos. The surveys yielded valuable information on existing wild populations, habitat, indigenous species, human encroachment, and illegal logging and hunting. The projects were funded by the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund and the Busch Conservation Fund. Contact: Doug Cress - doug@pasaprimates.org


The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF): The Lusaka Agreement Task Force. DSWF has been supporting Africa’s first cross-border wildlife law enforcement Task Force since it was conceived in the early 1990s. As little as 1% of smuggling is actually investigated; this illustrates the scale of wildlife crime and the critical need for international cooperative enforcement. Based in Nairobi, LATF works internationally and with officers from Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Swaziland, Uganda, Congo, Lesotho, South Africa, Ethiopia and Mozambique, carrying out cross-border operations against criminals trading illegally in wild fauna and flora. DSWF funds operations, training and provides equipment including ivory detectors. Contact: Melanie Shepherd - Melanie.shepherd@davidshepherd.org


Cameroon

Pro Wildlife: Support of a sanctuary for endangered African primates in Cameroon. The Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC) in Cameroon shelters more than 140 orphans of several endangered primate species (chimpanzees, lowland gorillas, drills, guenons etc.). Most of the animals are orphans resulting from the bushmeat trade that were illegally kept or sold as pets. The LWC is also running a comprehensive education and awareness program in Cameroon. Pro Wildlife has been supporting the project management, the care of primates, the construction of new enclosures, and the education program at the LWC since 1999. Contact: Daniela Freyer - daniela.freyer@prowildlife.de


Democratic Republic of Congo

Born Free Foundation: Support for Rangers in Kahuzi Biega National Park (PNKB). PNKB is a World Heritage Site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that is severely under-funded and ravaged by war. Born Free is supporting the dedicated rangers who patrol the park and monitor the habituated Eastern lowland gorillas (Gorilla berengei graueri), allowing the rangers to maintain patrols to deter poaching of the gorillas and other illegal activities. Born Free’s support includes a vehicle and its fuel and maintenance costs, as well as quarters for the park rangers, basic equipment, and compensation to the families of rangers killed in the course of their work. Contact: Shelley Waterland - shelley@bornfree.org.uk


Kenya

Born Free Foundation: Anti-poaching in Kenya / De-snaring with the Bill Woodley Mount Kenya Trust (BWMKT). Born Free supports de-snaring patrols and education programs for the communities around Mount Kenya. Poachers use crude wire snares to cruelly capture wild animals, including elephants, for meat, hides, and other parts. BWMKT teams go on three week patrols to remove snares and catch poachers in cooperation with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Contact: Shelley Waterland - shelley@bornfree.org.uk


Tanzania

Born Free Foundation
: Turtle and Dugong Conservation. The Community-based Marine Turtle and Dugong Research & Habitat Protection Program works with members of local communities in Tanzania to promote the long-term survival of marine turtles and dugongs through proactive community protection, awareness raising, wildlife monitoring, and research. The Program, following three years of success on Mafia Island, Tanzania, is now being expanded to include the entire national coastline. Activities are coordinated out of Dar es Salaam by the Project Coordinator, Catharine Muir, an East Africa-based biologist. Contact: Shelley Waterland - shelley@bornfree.org.uk




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