Born Free USA Global Field Projects
Zambia Primate Project (ZPP) continues to give freedom back to vervet monkeys in Northern Kafue National Park in Zambia. The sort of freedom where you see monkeys jumping from tall tree to tall tree, branch to branch, moving from one area to another as they choose, eating types of food they are naturally meant to eat.
With significant help from Born Free, the Zambia Primate Project has established a research camp at the release site where the rehabilitated primates are closely monitored after being released back to the wild by project staff and volunteers.
Since 2004, the Zambia Primate Project (formerly the Lunga Luswishi Wildlife Project) has provided a safe haven for vervet monkeys and yellow baboons who have been orphaned or injured by the bush meat trade, the illegal pet trade, and through road or snare accidents. The primates are confiscated by project staff and volunteers, the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and concerned members of the general public. Many people give the primates up willingly, while others have to be confiscated by force.
Primates, such as baboons and vervet monkeys, are common victims of Zambian hunters — and the species on which the Zambia Primate Project’s work focuses. Giving rescued primates the help they need to have a second chance at life in the wild, this small yet remarkable project makes a huge contribution to wildlife conservation.