Despite the slow internet speeds in the African continent (or no net at all!), CERCOPAN has become very technically minded! Now, in addition to our Wildlife Direct blog and our website www.cercopan.org CERCOPAN can be found to have a strong presence on Facebook. Facebook, that has taken the world by storm in recent years, have pages dedicated to charity causes and CERCOPAN has been the proud owner of one for 8 months now, having over 750 members and having raised $175. However now, in addition to that, we have just started a CERCOPAN fan page and it has lots of exciting topics to be investigated!
Look out for our cause page icon above, featuring Mickey the red-eared guenon
Not only can you flick through a wide range of our photos, several previously unseen, any time you wish that include the monkeys, Rhoko camp and forest, our World Environment Day celebrations, and many other categories soon to come, but you can also participate in surveys (currently to vote on what to name our new baby mangabey), start discussions with us and other fans on a variety of topics, sign up for our monthly Enewsletter, and be transferred to our shop to buy CERCOPAN products including adoption packs and posters! Plus you can even access our Wildlife Direct blog from there though our networked blogs link! We soon hope to bring video footage to it too so you can see the monkeys and our team in action!
Vote on what to name Quality's new baby on our facebook fan page (Photo copyright of Oskar Brattström)
Why don’t you check it out and make further suggestions on our discussions board on what you would like to see up there? It’s a work in progress so we would love your feedback!
Keep your eyes open for this image as its our fan page logo!
I would like to express my appreciation to Jan for her donation to help rehabilitate our now famous baby clawless Otter ‘Eve’. Jan is an Otter expert and has been advising us on Eve’s care since her first days at CERCOPAN. As primate specialists, we are new to raising otters, so all of the advice from Jan and other otter experts has been invaluable. We are hoping to try to move Eve on to fish soon which here in Calabar is very costly, so these funds will really help.
Thanks again for everything Jan
Baby clawless otter Eve exploring her new home
Eve resting and being quiet for once!
As another working day at CERCOPAN ends, we find ourselves with only 32 days left to find the funds to pay the rent on our Calabar premises for another year. With so little time left and $2828 still to find it is a worrying time for all here.
The response to our plea from Wildlife Direct staff and our readers however has been amazing. Special thanks to Oskar, Wanda, Joanne, Christine, Frances and Brenton who have all pledged their support.
Thanks so much guys, you are really lifting our spirits!
Baby mona Teddy with volunteer on his first day at CERCOPAN
A dark cloud still looms over CERCOPAN ‘s future and it has nothing to do with the current rainy season…..The fate of more than 120 monkeys, orphaned victims of the bushmeat trade, still depends upon CERCOPAN being able to raise funds rapidly to pay rent on our Calabar premises. The animals at CERCOPAN’s HQ have been lucky once, escaping the hunters gun and the market dealers stalls; now they may be forced out of their place of sanctuary.
The global financial crisis is making it more difficult than ever before to find the funds needed to pay for operating costs such as feeding monkeys and providing vital vet care. As a result, the unexpected doubling of our rent without any prior notice has left us in a very difficult situation indeed. We have only 34 days left to find the remaining $3103 needed to stay at our current site for another year which will allow us to continue to guarantee a home for every single monkey that needs our help. We need you to make this happen.
Please help. Donate today.
A big thank you from everyone here at CERCOPAN to those that have already pledged their support. Wanda, Anna, Hilko, Sherri, Carl, Michael and Bethany your donations really are sincerely appreciated.
It’s a sad fact that charities and organizations across the world are suffering the knock on effects of the global financial crisis. Donors are drying up and support from individuals is lessening as people look to solving problems closer to home. CERCOPAN tries not to rely on appeals of this nature but we have found ourselves unexpectedly forced into an extremely difficult situation. We have had to tighten our belts considerably in view of the fact that unrestricted funds for operating costs such as monkey food, enclosure repairs and utility bills are just not forthcoming at present.
We are still supported in educational and rural livelihood development projects, for example, but these funds are assigned to the activities the funding organizations have specified. Our desperation at this time is the need to find funds simply to continue our day to day operations so that we can honour these commitments and most importantly give the food and care that our rescued monkeys require. We have been cutting expenses in peripheral areas for some time now and have put all we can personally into making sure these demands are met, however, something can always tip the balance.
Yesterday we received a demand for the rent on the property where our Calabar office and education centre stand; in which we house all of the primates not currently in our forest based site. This annual rent has doubled without warning and is required to be paid by the end of next month. Unfortunately we have no right to appeal this increased demand; in the future we would have no such threat to our existence having agreed to move permanently to a free undeveloped site on the University of Calabar’s grounds. We have funding proposals out being considered at the moment to finance this move; but face an imminent and debilitating crisis if we cannot find the necessary money to keep us in place until then.
We are continuing to try exhaustively all avenues of funding we can hope to raise from here but we have reached a point where we need to ask our readers and supporters to help us if at all possible, through whatever means you may have at your disposal, to raise the funds required to continue our work in this difficult time.
Thank you from everyone at CERCOPAN for taking the time to read this.
Baby Sclater’s guenon – CERCOPAN houses the only known captive Sclater’s guenons in the world.