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CERCONEWS  February 2010

CERCONEWS February 2010



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    • CERCO-NEWS V O L U M E 2 , I S S U E 2 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 0 INSIDE THIS Research Expansion at CERCOPAN Providing vital ISSUE: Captive Care Information Research 1 to construct the new Putty are species that have barely Expansion at enclosure. It’s design (also been studied either in under CERCOPAN Providing vital by Gary Young) means that it captive conditions or the Captive Care is portable and therefore it wild. For this reason, we Information can be easily moved with us hope to carry out further to our new site located in studies at our Calabar HQ From the 2 the University of Calabar site in the future and to Director (UNICAL) grounds. expand our research Once the animals programme, which is Welcome Rachel! 2 are moved we expect to see currently almost entirely a reduction in aggression, based at our forest site. stereotypical behaviours and The two staff New Arrival! 2 Following several stress indicators as the members conducting the weeks of training, two animals will be able to move research have both recently Calabar staff, Matthew Etim further away from con- been promoted. Austin our Specialised 3 and Austin Igbebor, have specifics during difficult vet nurse became Senior Internships; No begun collecting behavioural social situations. We staff, and Matthew was Ordinary Class Field Trip! data as part of a project hope this research will high- given full time research sponsored by the light the importance of en- responsibilities in addition to Pica Reunited 4 International Primatological closure size and design and his keeper duties. Both staff With Mother Society. The research is help us to attract further have shown a real flair for focused on the captive care funding from donors for ad- this type of work and we Freelance 4 of putty-nosed guenons and ditional large enclosures at look forward to reporting Producer visits will compare levels of the new site. their findings in a later Rhoko aggression and stereotypic Many of the pri- edition of CERCONEWS. 4 behaviour in two groups mates housed at CERCOPAN Microscopes donated before and after their relocation to a new larger First step in 5 enclosure. pre-release The IPS grant Climate Change 5 received in March 2009 is adaptation pro- being used in combination ject moves to next stage with parts kindly donated and Matthew specially or- beginning his Want to be a 6 apart of it? dered from the putty-nosed USA by Gary and guenon Elizabeth Young research
    • PAGE 2 From the Director primates eased Conor in I’ve got a list on National staff are now the wall in my office. I’m contributing directly to to his working with sure you’ve all got one our Research monkeys for the first just like mine. At the end programme by conduct- time. Likewise, visiting of a gruelling day you ing behavioural studies students Claire and Eleri stare up at it, and vow on captive primate gained the practical yet again to make a start groups in Calabar. experience they need as on Item Number 1…… Typically in the past, a requirement for their tomorrow. If only day-to- visiting volunteers have degrees in Wildlife day short-term emergen- carried out such work. Conservation, while cies didn’t constantly call With the arrival providing directly to our for your attention! of our new, highly operational needs. Capacity experienced Community There’s a thought for Enhancement, building Conservation Manager, those of you considering local skills up to Rachel Hemingway, our contributing your skills international standards ability to enhance the through our Working so that we become skills within our host Holidays volunteer Claire Coulson programme. self-sustaining, is a very community in Alternative CERCOPAN high priority on my list. Livelihoods has taken a Glancing up at Director So it was very gratifying big leap forward. And my list again, the as we brought together our Vet Nurse Austin progress we have made this month’s issue, to had a very productive motivates me to press see just how much month working along- on and set higher “In the wild, yellow progress we’ve made in side visiting Vet student standards for achieve- the recent past. Conor Rowan. ments for the future. I billed kites are In our lead It works both hope you all article you can read ways. Austin’s years of learn to love scavengers and feed about how two of our experience working with your lists too! on carrion, fish and even termites. We Welcome Rachel!!! After months of Iko Esai, and also expand- Additionally, she has also have therefore been searching, CERCOPAN has ing our community volunteered in Bolivia, the feeding the Kite, who finally found a new programme into the Philippines and China. we have called Bert, a Community Conservation surrounding villages. With her vast Manager. Previously Rachel experience we look mix of dead rats and Rachel was employed by ‘Water forward to integrating her meat scraps bought Hemingway, from the UK, for Africa’, which took ideas into our already at the market“ joined us on the 29th. She her to many countries successful programme and will be living and working including Tanzania, we welcome her into the Our latest CERCOPAN in our host community, Zambia and Ethiopia. CERCOPAN family. addition: a Yellow Billed Kite New Arrival! This month we hoped he would be able to a mix of dead rats and meat received quite a surprise sell the bird to our staff for a scraps bought at the market. when our Education Officer, handsome profit, but We are minimizing Abakum Owai walked into the Abakum eventually managed human contact as much as office brandishing a juvenile to convince him both to hand possible and have placed Bert bird of prey! it over freely and never to in a large enclosure where he The bird, believed take another again. is able to practice flying. We to be a yellow-billed kite, was In the wild, yellow hope to eventually release brought to CERCOPAN by it’s billed kites are scavengers Bert back into the wild, once former owner ’Wisdom’ , who and feed on carrion, fish and he is able to fend for himself. had taken the bird from it’s even termites. We have Check out our blog nest and cared for it for a therefore been feeding the www.cercopan.wildlifedirect. month. Initially, Wisdom Kite, who we have called Bert, org to follow his progress!
    • VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2 PAGE 3 Specialized Internships; No Ordinary Class Conor and our Vet Nurse, Austin, Field Trip! learning from each other while carrying CERCOPAN offers our Calabar cat. Conor’s work some of our primates to new out veterinary tailored internship programmes proved extremely valuable to enclosures, which involved procedures to college/university students the organisation and both he darting the monkeys and taking and individuals seeking and our Vet Nurse, Austin, morphological measurements. experience in order to pursue a learnt a great deal from one Claire and Eleri have career in conservation. The another. acquired habitat surveying internships are generally based In addition, we also skills and have monitored fruit at Rhoko our forest site, but currently have Plymouth production and seasonal there are also limited opportu- students Claire and Eleri change whilst assisting our nities available for interns with interning with us to satisfy long-term phenology research. veterinary experience at our three months of the practical They have also gathered Calabar HQ rehabilitation component required by their behavioural data on our centre. Wildlife Conservation degrees. primates using scan and focal In the last month, we Claire and Eleri are based at our sampling and have conducted were very lucky to have a Rhoko site and will spend three surveys of Crematogaster ant visiting veterinarian months there, gaining nests as part of an volunteering between our experience in all aspects of our international butterfly survey “They have also Rhoko and Calabar sites. Conor forest and primate being undertaken at the site. Rowan, from Ireland, is just conservation work. If you are interested gathered months away from completing The Plymouth in undertaking an internship at his veterinary training and behavioural data students are doing extremely CERCOPAN, there are currently decided to carry out some of well and have already worked still opportunities available in on our primates the final practical requirement alongside our experienced 2010! Please contact Director for his course here with us. primate keepers, learning Claire Coulson using scan and During his time at CERCOPAN hands on animal care and (claire.coulson@cercopan.org) he was involved in numerous focal sampling and welfare techniques including to discuss the programme, tasks including TB tests, feeding, cleaning, and availability, costs and booking. have conducted monkey relocations, stitching producing enrichment ideas for Further information is also up monkey ‘war wounds’ , enclosures. They were also available on our website surveys of dealing with primate ailments involved in the transfer of www.cercopan.org. such as abscesses and spaying Crematogaster ant nests as part of an international butterfly survey being undertaken at the site” Eleri providing enrichment to Rhoko’s resident Managbeys
    • PAGE 4 Pica Reunited With Mother Pica, one of our keepers, volunteers and all of overly maternal, but the pair infant mangabeys, has the other monkeys housed are definitely starting to recently been reunited with near her enclosure. develop a much better her mother after many We were initially relationship now that Pica no months of separation. concerned about introducing longer requires round the Born to Peace, a Pica back to the group as her clock attention. Pica has also first time mother, Pica had a father, the leader, is a particu- very successfully very difficult start to life. Her larly dominant male and can re-established close bonds mother sadly failed to provide be quite aggressive at times. with Marvelous and Marley, the attention, care and milk Consequently, we have sepa- her half brother and sister she needed, leaving rated her and Peace into a with whom she played CERCOPAN staff with no satellite attached to the main constantly when she was Pica finding her feet choice but to remove the enclosure to monitor her young. Whilst all of the play- back in family infant and hand-rear her. interactions with the group ing and grooming with her siblings currently takes place surroundings again During this time her before going ahead with a full reintroduction . through a mesh divide, very friendly and playful soon they will be back personality shone though, At the moment together as a proper family. making her a favorite with Peace’s behaviour is still not “Pica has also very successfully Freelance Producer Visits Rhoko re-established close This month, contain over half of the coun- We wish Emma the bonds with CERCOPAN Rhoko was visited tries remaining rainforest, but best of luck with her quest to by Emma Brumpton , a also 78% of its primate spe- attain other good footage Marvelous and freelance producer associated cies. Emma stopped for a few around the country and are with National hours at our forest site to waiting in anticipation to see Marley, her half Geographic. Searching for gather clips on the rainforest, if we appear on any brother and sister footage on the endangered our endangered monkeys, channels! So keep you’re eyes primates of Nigeria she was and our camp, interviewing peeled—you may notice one with whom she attracted to Cross River as the occasional member of of our mangabeys on T.V in not only does the state staff as she went. the near future! played constantly when she was young” Microscopes donated Austin putting to use one CERCOPAN staff , sis and parasitology tests, update equipment can be of our older microscopes were very excited when we which are undertaken each hard to find. In the past, recently received the news month to ensure that all of among other things, generous that two microscopes had our resident primates remain donors have provided been donated to the healthy and parasite free. In veterinary drugs and supplies, organization and were on addition, the old CERCOPAN new laptop computers, their way to Nigeria. veterinary microscope will be uniforms, electrical inverters CERCOPAN applied sent to the Rhoko research and batteries. If you or the to receive the Microscopes centre to aid flora and fauna company where you work when the Zoological identification. have any equipment available Department of Oxford Donations of for donation that you think University updated their equipment are always very may be useful to CERCOPAN equipment. The microscopes gratefully received by please contact us today at will be used by the veterinary CERCOPAN as funds to info@cercopan.org. staff to perform faecal analy- CERCO-NEWS
    • VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2 PAGE 5 Further advances made towards release Plans to release our food. and blood second group of Mona monkeys Over the past several samples taken into the Rhoko core area months, we worked very hard to before they continued to move apace this attain wood and build the forest were moved to month, with the transfer of all enclosures, which were finally their new home. captive monas already based at completed last month. In the the site to carefully spaced forest Rhoko staff, along with future we intend enclosures. This step was vital to visiting vet Conor Rowan and to supplement avoid having an area with a high interns Claire Lofthouse and Eleri the Rhoko density of captive Monas. Such an Jenkins, moved the animals to captive groups area could attract any released their new enclosures, an with additional Etimbuk in good animals and discourage them operation that took several hours. juveniles with the aim of conduct- hands from setting up their territory in a Each Mona monkey was first ing further releases in late 2010/ truly wild part of the forest away darted and then whilst asleep, full ealry 2011. from enclosures, and provisioned health checks were performed ‘’Improved agricultural techniques, and Climate Change adaptation project moves livelihood on to next stage diversification, can reduce the Phase 1 of the be provided with the help of tication), and providing garri- Building Nigeria’s Response to Cross River State NGO processing equipment for dependency on, Climate Change (BNRCC) Mfaminyen. Farmer Field women (garri is a local staple project was recently Schools will be run in Iko Esai, food made from cassava). and therefore completed. It involved and neighbouring community Improved agricultural assessing the problems already Agoi. The Field Schools will fall techniques, and livelihood destruction of caused, or predicted, due to under the umbrella of the diversification, can reduce the the natural climate change, and the types Sustainable Tree Crops dependency on, and therefore of potential solutions that the Programme (STCP), which is a destruction of the natural resource base” target communities would like public-private partnership resource base. The rainforest to see tested. We are now managed by the International can remain as a long-term about to pilot the chosen Institute of Tropical provider of sustainable adaptation strategies in Phase Agriculture (IITA). The (non-destructive) livelihoods, 2. programme seeks to generate and exist as the fall-back The existing growth in rural income among resource to help survive Community Land-Use tree crop farmers in an short-term, extreme climate Management Plan in our host environmentally and socially change impacts. community, Iko Esai, will be responsible manner. adjusted and further Additionally extended, incorporating the we will be setting up results of the Phase 1 hazard an alternative mapping exercise. Protection livelihoods of watersheds and improved programme for farming practices incorporated households (such as into the plan will be aimed at bee-keeping, and ensuring continued availability Non- of water all year round for Timber Garri domestic use. Forest processing Training in the use of Product in Iko Esai fuel-efficient wood stoves will domes-
    • WANT TO BE A PART OF IT? • Make a cash donation to CERCOPAN via our website...every little helps! • Stay in touch with our on-going programme by bookmarking our home page • Buy a gift for friends or family from the http://www.cercopan.org/ and our Blog site Good Gifts Catalogue (www.goodgifts.org). http://cercopan.wildlifedirect.org/ You can buy a month's supply of fruit for growing CERCOPAN orphan monkeys - • Volunteer for CERCOPAN in either Nigeria or called in the catalogue 'A-peeling Monkeys' the UK. We offer a range of different for only £20! The price of the gift is passed programmes so there is something for on to CERCOPAN. So, it is an excellent way everyone! Visit our website volunteer of solving your gift problems, and support- section for further details. ing our work! Alternatively visit the CERCO- PAN gift shop on our website today. • Help CERCOPAN attain corporate funding. If you work for a corporate sponsor who may • Donate useful goods and equipment such as be interested in funding CERCOPAN please building and fencing materials, veterinary contact claire.coulson@cercopan.org medicines, old laptop computers etc. or services such as printing, blood testing and • Undertaken a sponsored event to raise architectural design. funds for CERCOPAN. www.cercopan.org http://cercopan.wildlifedirect.org All photos in this newsletter were taken at CERCOPAN or Iko Esai by staff, volunteers and visitors. Photo Credits: Amy Baxter, Sylvain Lemoine, Claire Lofthouse © Copyright CERCOPAN 2010 Design & Layout by Claire Coulson; Written by Claire Coulson, Amy Baxter, Sylvain Lemoine; Edited by Claire Coulson