Ex-situ Conservation: Primate Protection in the Limbe Wildlife Centre

Nebasifu AA       

Abstract

This study aims to describe efforts by the Limbe Wildlife Centre to protect primates in Cameroon. Specifically, we aim to identity what species of primates are currently under ex-situ conservation, the approach of conservation adopted, problems with keeping animals in the zoo, and to suggest recommendations towards improving activities of the zoo. Using ethnographic methodology combing with mixed method approaches of field notes, photographic recordings, and interview, findings show that the Chimpanzee, Gorilla, and Mandrill make up the main species of primates in the zoo, rescued and brought by means of donations. In addition, observations reveal that illegal animal trade forms the major threat to survival of these primates. I conclude with a general call for both organizations and individuals to fight against extinction of primates by active participation in awareness creation, and to develop self-attitudes of tracking and reporting any suspicious activity of illegal animal trade where necessary.


MS Received Date:   2016-01-10  MS Accepted Date:  2016-01-25  MS Published Date:  2016-01-27
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Nebasifu AA "Ex-situ Conservation: Primate Protection in the Limbe Wildlife Centre" Journal of Zoology Studies 2.6 (2015): 13-22.
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