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PASA Welcomes Colobus Conservation Ltd

Male Angolan colobus monkey, a locally threatened species in Diani, Kenya

Photo by Andrea Donaldson

Colobus Conservation Limited, formerly the Colobus Trust, has been named the 22nd member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA).  Colobus Conservation works to promote the conservation and protection of primates including the nationally threatened Angolan colobus monkey and its coastal forest habitat in southern Kenya.

“We are thrilled to join PASA and leverage the knowledge and experience of their network across Africa and beyond to protect Kenya’s coastal primates and remaining coastal forest,” said Keith Thompson, general manager of Colobus Conservation Limited.      

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Baby gorilla and two monkeys from Equatorial Guinea

Gorilla, Mandrill and Moustached Monkey

Gorilla photo by Juliet Wright (ZSL).  Mandrill and moustached monkey photos by LWC.

Two PASA wildlife sanctuaries rescued a critically endangered baby lowland gorilla as well as a mandrill and a moustached monkey orphaned by the bushmeat trade in Equatorial Guinea.  All three primates were illegally kept as pets until confiscated by Equatorial Guinean officials.

PASA member Ape Action Africa (AAA) in neighboring country Cameroon rescued and transported the infant gorilla to their sanctuary within Mefou National Park, Cameroon. Limbe Wildlife Center (LWC), a PASA member sanctuary in Limbe, Cameroon, provided homes for both the moustached monkey and the mandrill.  AAA worked with the Zoological Society of London and Conservation International for these confiscations.

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Dr. Kay Farmer joins PASA Board

Dr. Kay H. Farmer

Dr. Kay Farmer, a primatologist and internationally recognized expert on primate conservation, reintroduction and captive care, was elected Chair of the PASA Advisory Committee in 2010.  She has been involved with PASA for more than a decade, and brings prodigious experience and expertise to the PASA Board of Directors.

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Ateh Wilson wins 2012 Siddle-Marsden award

Ateh Wilson accepts the Siddle-Marsden award at PASA's management workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

PASA is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2012 Siddle-Marsden award for commitment to excellence in primate care and conservation – Mr. Ateh Wilson of Limbe Wildlife Center (LWC).

Ateh Wilson joined LWC in 1995, and quickly became an exceptional keeper caring for orphan western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees.  But it is Ateh’s dedication to conservation education that truly sets him apart. Ateh set up the LWC Education Department and developed popular local programs that have impacted thousands of school children and other community members.

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