The West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) is a small NGO based in Ghana. Its mission is to safeguard the future of two Critically Endangered primates - the Roloway monkey and the white-naped mangabey. Part of our work is rescuing and rehabilitating pet trade victims, placing them into social and breeding groups and have, since its conception in 2001, created a genetically diverse captive population of white-naped mangabeys - the largest of its kind.
The current Endangered Primate Breeding Centre was constructed in 2008 and in the ten years since it opened at Accra Zoo in the Achimota Forest, new improved enclosures have been added as the number of rescued and captive bred monkeys has increased.
To commemorate this anniversary, we would like to build new homes for some of our longest residents. The decade has worn and torn our original enclosures, and all our animals deserve the same high standard of care.
Captive breeding is an essential and integral part of primate conservation. Being critically endangered with their numbers down to the hundreds in the wild, captive animals provide a reserve population, which several generations down the line could yet be released back into the wild, a possibility we have already taken an initial step in with our forested enclosure in Kumasi (www.wapca.org/forested ).
In the meantime, the primates in our care help educate both ourselves in terms of improving their well-being and environment, increasing their prospects of thriving when safely released; and to the people who visit about the remaining and all too rare species in Ghana.
The Achimota Forest already provides a fantastic habitat backdrop, where we can build new enclosures around existing trees and shrubbery, giving our monkeys a natural as well as safe home. We need £8500 to do this - here’s how you can help us help them.
Please note 100% of all funds raised will go to the construction of the enclosures.
NB If the top reward level is not donated by someone than everyone who has donated will have the chance to name the baby monkey by pulling names out of a hat!
- Anna Scott
- Woburn Safari Park
- Lesley Tilbury
- Tina Lewendon
- Harry Richards
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