30.05.2008 - Forenzelt II
13:00 Uhr bis 14:00 Uhr
Activities of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation
I start the presentations with some recent fact about tropical rainforest and chimpanzee disappearance (taken from the regional action plan for the conservation of chimpanzees in West Africa and some new survey results from the department of primatology and the WCF):
An estimated 80% of West Africa‘s original forest cover was gone by the 1980s.
75% of West Africa’s chimpanzees have disappeared in the last 30 years.
These results highlight the need for a foundation to save the last remaining chimpanzees.
The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation is working to save between 20,000 and 25,000 of the remaining wild chimpanzees. The WCF is a multi-national foundation created and advised by individuals who join efforts to preserve as many as possible of the remaining wild chimpanzee populations and their natural habitat throughout their range in Africa.
The philosophy of the projects is three-fold, based on Education-Conservation-Research, involving the local human populations around the protected key sites, school children from developed and sub-Saharan countries, and scientists.
The major research activities of the WCF are biomonitorings and surveys, to identify forest areas where there are still chimpanzees and other big mammals. I present the results of two Ivorian PhD students (KOUAKOU Y. Célestin and N’GORAN K. Paul), with survey data from Taï NP, Marahoué NP and Banco NP.
Concerning conservation and education the WCF is supporting:
• Micro projects in local villages (building of small farms in villages for alternative meat sources)
• Training of local students and assistants for survey and research activities
• Support of local teachers by paying salaries
• 176 film presentations and sensitizations with over 110.000 visitors
• « Paroles de la Forêt » (7 comics, millions of exemplars distributed)
• School exchange program between German and Ivorian schools
• 165 theater plays with over 99’450 visitors
• Formation of school theater groups (EPP Wonséaly, Grabo, Guiroutou, Collège Taï around Tai NP, Club Zangué around Marahoué NP, EPP Agban-Attié around Banco NP, Gorahun-Youth group around Gola-Forest)
• Museum and nature walk created in Banco NP
• Club P.A.N. = nature clubs for over 600 school children around Taï NP
• Manifesto for apes and nature (www.apesmanifesto.org/)
I will present all of these activities during a power point presentation and a short film afterwards.
• Julia Riedel (Wild Chimpanzee Foundation und Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Wild Chimpanzee Foundation
Wild Chimpanzee Foundation
European Representation
c/o Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49/341/3550 250 / +49/341/5904858
Fax: +49/341/3550 299
email: hboesch@wildchimps.org

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