Every year, hundreds of apes are left orphaned by the bushmeat trade. Nursing mothers are killed either because they are the slowest moving in a family group, or else they are deliberately targeted so their infants can be sold as pets.
The Sanctuaries Working Group brings together groups that care for those orphans fortunate enough to be rescued or confiscated. Sanctuaries are permanent centres where the primates will be protected, cared for and resocialised. They offer the individual animals the best possible chance of living a natural life and serve to raise public awareness, and support law enforcement authorities. The role of the working group is to highlight the role played by Sanctuaries in ape conservation, view members involved.
Applied Zoopharmacognosy (self-medication) presents an extremely quick and effective means of helping to reinstate healthy behavioural patterns. Self medication is typically viewed as a homeostatic behaviour, and animals are incredibly accurate at selecting the plant extracts they need, they will even regulate their dosage and choose which route the extract is to be administered (oral, topical or through inhalation). What is particularly impressive is that this innate. This can be of immense benefit to the rehabilitation efforts of primates around the world, helping them to alleviate stress and recover from trauma. For more information please contact Caroline Ingraham.