Wildlife Vets International

Veterinary support for highly endangered West African primates

WVI aims to provide expert primate veterinary support to a facility that rescues, rehabilites and, where appropriate, reintroduces endangered primates that have been orphaned by the bushmeat trade in West Africa. Primates are reintroduced into forest that has been restored and protected by the local community in conjunction with CERCOPAN and are carefully monitored post release.

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There are many diseases that these primates can carry that are potentially detrimental to themselves, to other primates and to humans: Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, Tuberculosis, Ebola, Hepatitis A and B, to name but a few. The little known ‘shuffles syndrome’ is a particular problem for adolescent primates. Some of these are natural in the wild population, others will have been picked up whilst in the presence of humans and other primates they come in to contact whilst in the bushmeat trade. WVI has been providing expert advice to the project for the past three years, all remotely with the exception of an eight day trip in 2008. A repeat trip has been requested by CERCOPAN (for Autumn 2010) to provide advice on the next phase of the veterinary management within the sites. This includes providing some equipment, as CERCOPAN is upgrading its veterinary facilities, and training for relevant staff particularly the veterinary nurse. This is particularly pertinent as the project does not have long term, local veterinary support. Training will include routine biosecurity measures including health checks, tracheal washes (to detect TB), managing births using implants and male vasectomies, stress free capture techniques, using gas anaesthesia and other equipment we can provide as well as providing advice on general disease management. Expected outcomes: • The greater capacity for routine health and disease checks, together with birth management will ensure greater biosecurity across the sites resulting in less disease and better welfare. • Knowledge of disease presence and subsequent management will ensure that staff and visitors are safe and nothing untoward is released in to the wild population. • A greater knowledge of the health and disease status of these rare primates, including normals for blood parameters. • To find husbandry and veterinary measures to manage ‘shuffles syndrome’. Financial breakdown: Expert vet for 16 days (conservation rate) and per diem (£20/day) = £8,320 Travel: international and internal travel expenses = £995 Project management and expenses = £1,600 Veterinary equipment = £7,000 Total project costs = £17,915