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Angelica is one of our newest orphans, she arrived late August (see August 24th article). She is a female Red Eared Guenon, only found in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Nigeria.

She was found by rangers from Iko Esai’s surveillance team when they were patrolling the community forest. Angelica was tied to a hunting shed, but no hunter was around and her mother was nowhere to be seen – likely she has been killed for meat. The rangers brought Angelica back to our forest camp, Rhoko. There she was looked after by volunteers for a couple of days, and was sent to Calabar with the truck to receive proper medical attention and care. At first, she was hardly using her rear legs and we were afraid she might have a permanent injury, but this turned out not to be the case. She now uses her legs correctly.

Angelica, a few days after she was rescued

During the first days in Calabar, Angelica was very shy and needed a lot of attention. She had to be carried by someone (a substitute mother) at all times, and would start screaming and crying as soon as you would (try to) leave her alone! The only moments of rest for her caretaker was when she was asleep! After 5 days she became more confident and started to wander a few meters away on her own. After a week, a Mona guenon orphan was brought to us, Evie, and they were put together. Evie, being a bit bigger and extremely playful, was a bit “too much” for Angelica at first, as she did not like Evie’s jumping displays. Eventually, Evie understood that Angelica was not up for games, but only for cuddles! And they became very close friends. Actually, Angelica seems to have taken Evie as her new mother, clinging onto her belly the way baby monkeys do with their mothers. Her removal from her real mother has definitely traumatised her, and she is now panicking at the idea of losing her “second mother”, Evie. If we separate them even shortly, she will scream and will not stop calling and looking for Evie until they are reunited! She is a strong minded little monkey, she knows what she wants (whether it be Evie, or a hug from her!) and lets everybody around her know it too 🙂

Angelica (left) and Evie (right) cuddling

Donate to CERCOPAN via the National Wildlife Humane Society

Just within the past few weeks we have established a promising new alliance with a like-minded conservation organisation in the United States. The National Wildlife Humane Society (NWHS) is dedicated to reducing suffering among captive and non-captive wildlife.

Patrick Webb, President, founded the Top of the Rock Wildlife Sanctuary in 1990, in Arkansas, U.S.A. Species such as tigers, mountain lions, jaguars, and the snow leopard have been rescued within the US, and brought to the sanctuary to receive specialised long-term care. But in addition to providing sanctuary for non-US-native threatened and endangered species, the organisation also promotes wildlife conservation groups that share its vision of a more humane world for wildlife.

NWHS invited CERCOPAN as one of two organisations based in Africa to feature on their website as an alliance partner. In addition to the publicity NWHS can provide for us on the other side of the Atlantic, the website also provides the means for donors to provide monthly or one off federal tax-deductible donations to CERCOPAN, both mailed and on-line.

It’s a great bonus to us to have an active advocate for our cause on another continent, and this step forward fits right in with our strategy to continue to rapidly expand our publicity using the latest on-line media. We were also delighted when our Director, Claire, was invited to serve on the NWHS Wildlife Advisory Council to provide both primatological support and field-based environmental conservation experience to NWHS.

Read more about NWHS’s work in wildlife care at www.humanewildlife.org and visit CERCOPAN’s page at http://www.humanewildlife.org/cercopan.html

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February CERCONEWS out now!

Finally the February edition of CERCONEWS is available!

Follow this link to download your copy today!



A perfect happy ending for one of lifes survivors

Reintroducing monkeys into their natural habitat is the ultimate step to fulfill CERCOPAN ‘s mission.  Some CERCOPAN monkeys have already been released back into Rhoko forest and we plan to undertake more reintroductions in the coming year, including both red-capped mangabey and mona monkey groups.  A release group has already been selected in Calabar and has been bonding as a family for some time now. CERCOPAN research team is still working on adding additional individuals to the group however, prior to moving the animals to the pre release forest enclosure.


The release group

Mottie, a 9 year old male, was added to group in November. Among all the monkeys I have seen that have unfortunately been snatched from the forest and their families to be kept as pets, Mottie arrived in the worst state. We found out about his plight when someone visited the compound and informed us that their neighbour had a monkey and was tired of it so was about to kill it. Obviously we went to his rescue immediately. He had been kept alone in a tiny enclosure and had been fed nothing but pounded cassava. He was suffering from malnutrition, had lost most of his fur and had an obsession for catching insects, which is obviously how he had managed to survive. When he was brought to our compound, it actually took a while for staff even to recognize what species of monkey he was. Nobody knows how he had managed to hold on as long as he had, but we were absolutely determined to do everything we could to make up for the abuse he had suffered.


Mottie when he first arrived at CERCOPAN, barely recognisable as a Mona monkey

Thankfully, despite this difficult start Mottie recovered quickly and thrived in the presence of other Monas. He had had his own group with several juveniles and spent his time protecting and playing with them. Among them was Offiong, a juvenile male, who entered the release group just before  Mottie. When Mottie first entered the group, Offiong was by far the most confident of the juveniles with Mottie, since the others were more scared of this large new adult male. After more than a month in the group however, Mottie has bonded with everyone and spends time playing with the infants and threatening anything that comes near his new family.


BELLA (middle), with OMOR (right) and RUNA (left)

We have just added two additional juvenile females to the group, Bella, one of our more recent monkeys, brought from Lagos in March 2009, and Sandra, a 2 year old female. The bonding of these juveniles is so far going very well, aided by their young age and the natural instinct of the older individuals to protect the youngsters. There are now 8 animals in the release group, Sandra, Bella, Ikom, Runa, Omor, Offiong, Kemi and Mottie. We hope to transfer them into the forest at the beginning of 2010, a few weeks before releasing them into Rhoko Forest Core Area. We are all excited for the day that Mottie leads his family off into the forest, truly free and able to raise his children in the wild where they belong.


Mottie today, awaiting his return to the forest