Abstract # 1264 Event # 482:

Scheduled for Friday, June 30, 2006 08:30 AM-01:00 PM: Session 62 (Kama A) Symposium

SYMPOSIUM: Primate Reintroduction: a tool for conservation

B. Goossens1,2, M. Ancrenaz3, D. Lucas4, W. Boardman5, Z. Tooze6 and D. Cox7
1Cardiff University, Cardiff School of BiosciencesPO Box 915 Cathays Park, PO Box 915 Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales CF10 3TL, United Kingdom, 2HELP Congo, BP 335, Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo, 3KOCP, PO Box 3109, 90734 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia, 4Department of Sustainability and Environment, Government of Victoria, PO Box 500, 8 Nicholson St, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002, Australia , 5London Zoo, The Zoological Society of London, London NW1 4RY, UK, 6CERCOPAN, H.E.P.O. Box 826, Calabar, Nigeria , 7Jane Goodall Institute-Uganda, PO Box 884, Entebbe, Uganda
     The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is at the forefront of African great ape and monkey reintroduction with projects already underway in the Republic of Congo, Gabon and Gambia and others in the preliminary stages in DRC, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Republic of Congo. At PASA, we strongly believe that rehabilitation is one of the tools that could be used to better protect several populations of primates, as well as to promote awareness in range countries. Ten of 16 PASA’s projects are actively engaged in some aspect of the reintroduction process. The HELP project in Congo has published scientific papers and is widely recognised as a model for chimpanzee reintroduction. Faced with dwindling wild populations and increasingly fragmented habitats, PASA has encouraged its members to seriously consider reintroduction in accordance with IUCN/SSC guidelines to conserve and protect endangered species such as chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and drills. This reintroduction symposium will showcase a range of the PASA projects in order to highlight important components of the reintroduction process and examine the lessons learnt from their pioneering experiences. We will explain PASA’s current strategic planning and reintroduction policy and discuss the potential wider conservation impacts of reintroduction. This symposium will be multidisciplinary, bringing together specialists in veterinary sciences, disease and genetics, as well as scientists involved in the reintroduction of orangutans and golden-lion tamarins.