Born Free USA Global Field Projects
Read the latest news from Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC) in Cameroon! Its April/May 2014 newsletter offers detailed stories and wonderful photos of compassionate people and rescued animals. Here are the highlights:
On Saturday, 10th November, we received 14 African Grey Parrots that were confiscated near Korup National Park from a smuggler who was on his way to Nigeria. Thankfully, all of the parrots arrived safely to L.W.C. without any deaths during transport.
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Recently Born Free USA provided a grant of more than $4,500 for the Limbe Wildlife Center (LWC) in Cameroon. The money will be used to provide important food supplies for the rescued orphan gorillas at the sanctuary. LWC has provided this report on how the funds will be used:
The Limbe Wildlife Center is home to two groups of gorillas rescued from the trade in exotic “pets” and wildlife parts. Many of the gorillas are Western lowland gorillas, a relatively common species in the region, but one is a Cross River gorilla. Nyango, the Cross River gorilla, is a member of an extremely endangered species and is the only confirmed Cross River gorilla in the entire world who does not live in the wild.
The Limbe Wildlife Center (LWC), a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation project situated in the southwest region of Cameroon, was started in 1993 by the Pandrillus Foundation, a conservation NGO, and the government of Cameroon. Since this time it has become home to a variety of critically endangered wildlife species including the ellioti chimpanzee, the drill monkey, the western lowland and Cross River gorillas, several species of long-tailed monkeys, including the locally endemic Preuss’ guenon, and various reptile and bird species.
Anne Sofie Meilvang of the Limbe Wildlife Center blogs:The whole Limbe team is very busy taking care of the parrots that we received in the beginning of December.
Last week we finished a 25-by-4-by-3-meter flight cage for the parrots. The cage is placed in the Botanic Garden just opposite the wildlife centre on the edge of the Bota Hill Forest. The cage has perches in each end and is covered by palm ferns on the sides to make the parrots feel safe. During the night we have a security guard on the spot, to make sure that the parrots will not get stolen. “World Parrot Trust” has paid the construction of the flight-cage.
Anne Sofie Meilvang of the Limbe Wildlife Center blogs:
Another consignment of Africa gray parrots arrived in Limbe Wildlife Center Tuesday. The parrots were rescued on the way to Nigeria by a joint operation between the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) and the LAGA, a non-governmental organization working with MINFOF.
Thanks in part to Born Free USA’s stellar members and supporters, hundreds of African gray parrots are free again — in the wild — as they should be!
Recently, authorities in Cameroon Africa intercepted more than 1,000 endangered African gray parrots captured in the wild and destined for the international pet trade.
Whether wild-caught or captive bred, parrots are wild animals whose natural behaviors (to fly or flock for example) are frustrated by captivity. Moreover the trade in parrots as “pets” fuels the international trade in parrots — threatening the survival of the species. More than one third of the world’s parrot species may face extinction in the next century.