A Big Thank you to Phoenix Zoo!

Phoenix Zoo LogoWe are delighted to announce we have received a Phoenix Zoo Conservation & Science Grant that will help us in the next stage of our Reintroduction of threatened Mona Guenon into our Rhoko Rainforest Protected Area.

With Phoenix Zoo support we shall enhance the three semi-wild enclosures we have in the rainforest, containing separate groups of Mona Guenon. The enclosures are spaced out to suitable territory sizes for the troops on release, and to prevent them becoming too used to humans and so encourage them to rely on wild food & integrate into the jungle.

We are delighted to announce we have received a Phoenix Zoo Conservation & Science Grant that will help us in the next stage of our Reintroduction of threatened Mona Guenon into our Rhoko Rainforest Protected Area. With Phoenix Zoo support we shall enhance the three semi-wild enclosures we have in the rainforest, containing separate groups of Mona Guenon. The enclosures are spaced out to suitable territory sizes for the troops on release, and to prevent them becoming too used to humans and so encourage them to rely on wild food & integrate into the jungle.

We shall provide enrichment to increase natural behaviours and to prevent dependence on humans. So we and others can learn from what we do, behavioural observations will be made.

As Phoenix Zoo state:

‘Priority is given to proposals that demonstrate a measurable, common-sense approach to conservation and science issues, appropriate research methodologies, effective knowledge sharing and capacity building strategies, ex situ support of in situ conservation, and active involvement of local communities’

Our project meets all of these criteria, and we are very happy to begin this first collaboration with Phoenix Zoo, eventually leading to the reintroduction of this remarkable primate made locally extinct by high hunting pressure & deforestation. That CERCOPAN has worked with our community partners to create the conditions for a successful release is a real achievement that we are proud of.

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