30 5 / 2013

Conservationists from the Aceh Orangutan Forum (FORA) have called on the central government to take stern measures against people who keep protected animals, such as orangutans, as pets. 

They have urged the government, through the Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) to immediately confiscate orangutans kept by recreational parks as illegal pets.

“The government should immediately confiscate the protected animals from the hands of incompetent people in Aceh,” said FORA activist Azhar recently.

Photo: Chained orangutan. Source: Facebook / Great Apes Survival Partnership

30 5 / 2013

More news on Darwin, the baby monkey confiscated by authorities after he was found wondering around an Ikea car park last December.

Photo: Facebook / Darling Darwin Monkey

Darwin’s self-claimed “surrogate mother” Yasmin Nakhuda is launching a court battle today to get the monkey returned to her, despite it being illegal to keep monkeys as pets in Toronto.

Nakhuda claims she was tricked into handing over Darwin, who is now living at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary. At the trial, which starts today, Nakhuda is asking for a court order to recovery Darwin, claiming he is her personal property.

Read the full story here: Battle for Ikea monkey gets underway today

28 5 / 2013

A critically endangered baby Sumatran orangutan intended for the illegal pet trade has been rescued by the Orangutan Information Centre.

The eighteen-month-old orangutan, named Alam (meaning ‘nature’) by his rescuers, was surrendered by a palm oil plantation worker in North Sumatra. Alam was sold on by a poacher and originally came from a Aceh province.

It is certain that Alam’s mother would have been killed in order for the poacher to capture him for the pet trade,” Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founder and Director of the OIC, said. “It is likely that he has come from an area of forest that is being clearaed for development, perhaps for oil palm plantations or roads. The forests are under huge pressure here in Sumatra, and orangutans are losing their habitat at an alarming rate, making it easier for poachers to get hold of protected and endangered wildlife.”

Alam is now being looked after at a care centre run by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. Although he hasn’t had the best start to his life, it’s hoped the centre’s rehabilitation programme will help him learn the skills he’ll need to one day return to the wild.

Read the full story here: http://orangutans-sos.org/news/446_baby-orangutan-rescued-from-illegal-pet-trade-in-sumatra

You can help fund more orangutan rescues here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/orangutan-rescue/

17 5 / 2013

Keynews reports: 

A capuchin monkey broke free from its owner and caused an hour’s worth of havoc Monday evening on a stretch of U.S. 1 near Key Haven, said witnesses and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Kayla, 11, was captured by three animal control officers from the Florida Keys SPCA after the nonprofit’s executive director, Tammy Fox, spotted the monkey walking alongside U.S. 1 during her drive home after 5 p.m.

Fox, a 20-year veteran of animal shelter work, said at first glance she figured it was a raccoon. But then it became clear.

"My mind went, ‘It’s not a raccoon, that’s a monkey!’" Fox said Tuesday. "I knew it was someone’s pet. She had a strap around her waist and was in a shock collar."

Fox started calling for backup and made a U-turn, only to find the monkey had taken a seat on a guardrail and was watching traffic passing between the Boca Chica Channel Bridge and Key Haven.

While the monkey’s spree ended peacefully, with no injuries reported, the capuchin led animal control officers on a frenetic path that included crossing the Florida Keys’ sole highway three times and delving into mangroves.

The frenzy lasted nearly an hour. “She was freaked out; she ran across U.S. 1,” said Fox, who immediately called for help and alerted the Sheriff’s Office. “We’re trying to save this thing’s life and traffic is coming in both directions.”

Kayla was caged and taken to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ shelter, where FWC officers and SPCA staff met to compare notes.

Read the full story here: Monkey runs wild on U.S. 1; owner cited

17 5 / 2013

Andrew Kandrevas is hoping to get primate ownership banned in the state. 

"This lets the average homeowner know that a monkey is not a private pet, no matter what your kids tell you," Kandrevas said. "We’re trying to make it flexible and not crackdown on people as if they are poachers or smugglers, but put them on notice that these are not viable pets."

Read the full story here: Monkey trouble: Michigan lawmaker brings back bill to ban primate pet ownership

17 5 / 2013

The illegal pet trade is one of the factors pushing orangutans towards extinction.

17 5 / 2013

Photo: Wild Olive baboon (source: Wikipedia)

Baboon becomes another victim of the primate pet trade. It was killed, instead of being taken to a sanctuary, after being deemed too “humanised”.

jacarandafm.com reports:

"A Western Cape woman is upset that her pet baboon was destroyed instead of being sent to a rehabilitation centre, The Cape Times reported on Thursday.

Annie Paulsen was reportedly given the baboon by students, who found the orphaned animal near Bonnievale.

She kept it for a while, but then arranged for it to go to the Riverside Rehabilitation Centre in Limpopo, and took it to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to arrange the transfer.

However, when she phoned the SPCA to find out how this had gone, she was told the animal had been put down. 

Brett Glasby, of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, told The Cape Times the baboon, which had a nappy and a dummy, was completely “habituated” to people.

The provincial environmental body, CapeNature, reportedly instructed that the baboon could not be moved out of the province, and ordered that it be put down.

"It was clear the animal was humanised and would be impossible to restore to a healthy behavioural state," CapeNature spokeswoman Liesl Brink told the newspaper."

Source: http://www.jacarandafm.com/post/pet-baboon-destroyed-report/

Read more about baboons on the African Wildlife Foundation website: http://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/baboon

14 5 / 2013

Photo: Rescued monkey Tam enjoys his first day at the Monkey Sanctuary [credit: Wild Futures]

The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary based in Cornwall, has once again come to the rescue, offering a home for life to a capuchin monkey named Tam, during the May bank holiday weekend.

The Monkey Sanctuary received a call a few weeks ago from Tam’s owners who decided that he would be better placed within a Sanctuary, with monkeys of his own kind.

Tam, a black capped capuchin, is 16 years old.  He was taken from his family, along with his brother, at just a few months old and kept as a pet.  After five years, Tam lost his brother in a fight, and Tam has been alone ever since.

Tam arrived at The Monkey Sanctuary over the bank holiday weekend and is now in quarantine.  He will be integrated with other monkeys at the Sanctuary once the quarantine period is over.

Every rescued monkey must undergo a full veterinary check before their arrival at the Sanctuary.   Tam’s vet check showed signs of second degree frostbite on his fingers.  The frostbite is due to Tam going outside in the cold – he did have a heated indoor cage but it was only small.  X-rays also indicated a possible problem with one of his lungs – the Sanctuary is currently waiting for test results to confirm the full extent of the problem.  Tam is skinny and lacks good muscle development.  It is likely that this is due to the cold and lack of exercise.

Fortunately, The Monkey Sanctuary has spacious and wild enclosures to keep the monkeys’ lives enriched.  Each enclosure has an indoor “room” attached, heated to at least 18 degrees Celsius.  In the wild, monkeys would be used to much warmer climes than the UK, and so appropriate temperature control is important.

Read more: http://www.wildfutures.org/news/2013/05/08/may-monkey-rescue-at-the-monkey-sanctuary/

14 5 / 2013

A MONKEY has been left with FROSTBITE after being kept as a pet in a cage in the far north of England.

Tam, a 16-year-old capuchin monkey, is also suffering from breathing difficulties after his lengthy stay in chilly Berwick on the Scottish border.

This week he was taken in by the Sun-backed Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, Cornwall, which could soon be home to Justin Bieber’s abandoned pet Mally.

Until his rescue, Tam was incredibly one of 7,000 monkeys kept as pets by private owners in the UK - around four-fifths of them without a proper licence.

The black capped capuchin, from the same branch of the monkey family as Mally, was just a few months old when he was taken from his family in the late 1990s.”

13 5 / 2013