ZAMBIA PRIMATE PROJECT UPDATES FROM THE FIELD
Recently, Zambia Primaprovided information on the release back into the wild of 29 primates as part of the Vervet Release Troop. The release has been a great success, with 28 out of the 29 primates surving in the wild after their initial release 13 months ago. Some of the primates did battle malnutrition issues, but veterinary intervention saw them able to access the treatment that was needed to ensure a full recovery.
On 12th November ZPP rescued a two-week old baby vervet named Chikondi ("Love") that was found abandoned in Kafue National Park all alone, extremely dehydrated and malnourished - her mother was suspected to be killed by poachers. Once stabilised ZPP transferred her to Chipembele, our partner in the Luangwa Valley, for intensive care and rehabilitation. Chikondi joins other primate orphans being cared for there prior to their release back to the wild, and she has quickly made new friends of her own as seen in this adorable picture.
On 17th March 2017, ZPP also held a groundbreaking workshop for teachers in the Copperbelt of the Ndola district in Zambia. During this workshop 25 teachers were trained as Primate Protection Ambassadors, with each teacher committing to train one other teacher from a neighboring school and educating their pupils and communities. In the next few months, these 50 ambassadors will deliver a primate-specific conservation curriculum to over 1,000 Zambian schoolchildren.
Photo (right): Provided by Zambia Primate Project
Zambia Primate Project (ZPP) is supported by HSI Australia.