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Jul 24, 2008

Veterinary Capacity Building

Veterinary capacity buildin from ZSL - London Zoo 

Veterinary capacity building for great ape sanctuaries in Africa - a joint project with the Zoological Society of London and the North of England Zoological Society 

The great apes in Africa are dramatically declining across their range due to a host of anthropogenic pressures. Habitat loss and fragmentation, hunting pressure and disease transmission are some of the agent action in tandem to bring about this decline.

Trapping and snaring of apes for the bushmeat trade is widespread and in species whose population number are low the welfare of individual animas becomes of heightened importance. A network of primate sanctuaries across Africa, coordinated under the umbrella of the Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance (PASA) is working to ensure that if found by the appropriate authorities both young and adult apes can be given the opportunity to live in normal social units, in protect areas , and provided with the highest standards of welfare. Many of the animals that come into these sanctuaries are traumatised and/or in poor health.

Wayne Boardman (ZSL) and Steve Unwin (NEZS) have developed a training programme for African vets and vet technicians working in sanctuaries with great apes. In the past three years they have coordinated and carried out workshops in Uganda, Congo and Cameroon and have also written a veterinary car manual and produces a PASA drug formulary.

In total 96 African vets and vet technicians have received training in a host of disciplines, increasing their capacity to provide a high quality of life for the apes in their care. 

Developed by:  ZSL - London Zoo


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