CERCOPAN is issuing a one-time emergency appeal to save the lives of 144 monkeys under its care in Calabar, Nigeria. For 20 years, CERCOPAN has provided safe haven and rehabilitation for monkeys rescued from the bushmeat, illegal wildlife, and pet trade – monkeys like Robotta and Action (left).
Unfortunately, a primary donor for the past several years has been unable to support us for more than
12 months now, and therefore, grants that required matching funds have been withdrawn. Without this income, CERCOPAN has no option but to close its rescue centre – placing all of our monkeys at risk.
Experts from an international task force have been on the ground and assessed the situation. The task force has recommended releasing some monkeys to the wild and re-homing others, dependent on such factors as conservation need and a monkey’s health and age. However, this will take time and proper planning. We stand a chance to save all our monkeys if we can just feed and care for them over the coming months while resources are obtained for release and re-homing efforts.
We found Robotta after she had been forced to live at a petrol station for the first year of her life, completely unaware that other monkeys existed and unable to learn basic skills like how to feed herself. Now, she is rehabilitated and living with her own kind in a social group. Robotta and more than 300 other monkeys have been saved and nurtured by CERCOPAN’s dedicated team since the organization’s inception.
Please, can you help us ensure that Robotta and friends live out the lives they deserve?
Donations are crucial to save the lives of these 144 beautiful and threatened monkeys.
All funds raised will be used solely for critical primate care during this interim period.
PLEASE SEND YOUR DONATIONS TO THE EMERGENCY FUND:
http://www.everyclick.com/cercopan/info (also has GiftAid for U.K. donations)
http://www.humanewildlife.org/cercopan.html (provides receipt for U.S. tax records)
Contact in Europe time zone: Zena Tooze