Thursday, December 23, 2010

Learn more about the CRPL

The CRPL is officially managed by a committee of three organisations:

Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) represented by Radar Nisuli, Directeur et Chef de Site au PNKB.

The ICCN is the wildlife authority in DRC. They are in charge of protected areas and community conservation development around these areas. As well, they fight against the illegal animal trafficing and confiscate animals from poachers or private individuals who are housing endangered animals illegally.

Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles (CRSN) represented by Jacques Mwanga, Chef du département de Biologie du CRSN;The CRSN was established on July 1, 1947 by Prince Charles of Belgium. The CRSN has aimed to raise, promote, conduct and study the sciences of human and nature especially in the Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Burundi.;

NGO Coopera represented by Carmen Vidal, Technical Director.

Coopera is a Spanish NGO which was established in 1994 in Logroño (Spain) to carry out international cooperation projects for development through local NGOs. Since foundation, we have developed projects in Kenya, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Angola, Guatemala, Peru, México, Israel and now in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

During this time we have stated that the exploitation of natural and biological resources; together with its loss, is one of the main causes of poverty.

For this reason, we use the conservation of biodiversity as a key strategy for the social and economic development of local communities. COOPERA NGO has always used education as the main tool for the interventions’ durability.

Coopera NGO has been working in DRC since November 2006 developing a “Community Conservation Program” in South Kivu Province.

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) has extended its conservation network across central Africa by granting membership to the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the total number of PASA member sanctuaries that care for orphaned apes and monkeys to 20.

Lwiro is the first new member admitted to PASA since 2008. The facility was accepted into PASA following a detailed application process that included a site inspection and a vote of the PASA advisory council.

We also are certified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) was formed in 2007 by nationally and globally recognized leaders in the animal protection field for the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries in the United States and abroad.

Coopera NGO, is also the representative in the field for other international NGO which supported the CRPL since the beginning. These are:

· Venner av Lwiro from Norway

· Rainfer, a Spanish primate rescue center from Spain

· Friends of Lwiro from Australia,

· Wildvets, Spain

We have received funds from different organizations. Without their help our work could not continue. All the animals from Lwiro Rehabilitation Center say THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT SUPPORT:

· IPPL: International Primate Protection League, USA

· AWARE Germany: Animal Wild Aid Rehabilitation and Education, Germany

· ISP: International Primatological Society, USA

· Fundacion Altarriba, Spain

· AIZA: Asociación Ibérica de Zoológicos y Acuáriums, Spain

· Kristiansand Dyre Park, Norway

· Sea World and Busch Gardens, USA

· Chester Zoo, UK

· Zoo de Barcelona, Spain

· FAADA: Fundación para la Adopción y el Apadrinamiento de los Animales no-humanos, Spain

· MONUC: United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Congo

· Fundacion MONA, Spain

· Taronga Zoo, Australia

· Rotary Dandenong Club, Australia

· JGI Spain: Jane Goodall Institut Spain

· JGI Uganda: The Jane Goodall Institute Uganda

· JGI Holland: The Jane Goodall Institute Holland

· JGI Australia: The Jane Goodall Institute Australia

· Disney, USA

· Oregon Zoo Foundation, USA

· Spanish Ministry of Environment

· Equip Vert, Spain


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rest in Peace Monuc

The CRPL management is very sad to announce the passing of Monuc. Monuc was a very beautiful female chimpanzee who was always a gentle soul. She lived in a group with other adult chimpanzees and enjoyed watching the outlook from the cage! Monuc arrived in July 2002 and was most likely born in 2001. Like all chimpanzees at the CRPL Monuc was poached from the wild – loosing her family and suffering greatly in the process. We gave her the best life we possibly could and only wish that she is in a better place now. Our veterinarians are following up results, but it seems she has passed away from an infection. We can not express our sadness at loosing Monuc – there are no words for it!