EAST supports the rescue, rehabilitation and conservation of Asian wildlife species both in situ and ex-situ. In Asia the first project is the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre, founded in 2008 in Cat Tien National Park, South Vietnam. The centre's staff work with the Forestry Protection Department of Vietnam to cease the illegal trade in endangered primates.
A keeper fron Pingtung helping with the transfer of the young loris
|This is the first image we have managed to get of the now wild Thanh|
Update September 2011
|Lucy enjoying the trees||Hoa and Limhuyen trying to find their swing|
|Thuy an being transferred to Dao Tien|
Lee Lee fitted with GPS collar and transferred
|Khang and Sun monitoring released gibbons|
|Update June 2011
Nha in the trees before
|Lindsay ready for release||Binh leads our tracking team|
Update April 2011
|Dao Tien: K Hoai and Diane with Garcinai fruits||Fun primate activities|
If this wasn't enough, the green-fingered Gardening Club are also helping us with our Regeneration Project at Dao Tien by growing fruiting trees at school to be planted on Dao Tien. These trees are vital not only to improve the forest for all wildlife, but also to provide more fruiting trees to help rehabilitated gibbons learn how to find their own food before they are released.
A huge thank you must go to the school, and in particular to Barbara Wilson, for all your hard work, enthusiasm, and support for EAST. We are looking forward to woking with SSIS even more in the next school year.
|Barbara in class: School outreach||Top Trumps: Designing a Top Trumps game, who is ready for release!|
|Tony the new arrival||Fruit tree nursery|
To help form stronger links with the local community, EAST, with the support of Cat Tien National Park, held its first School Workshop day at Dao Tien on Sunday 16th January. This visit provided an opportunity to work with the school to identify ways that EAST can help and raise awareness of important environmental issues. Many of them had never seen native wildlife up-close before and they loved watching the gibbons swinging in the trees of their semi-free enclosure. The day also included a trip into the forest, talks about EAST and Cat Tien National Park and games (such as "Guess What Animal I Am", which was a fun way to practice English whilst wearing very un-cool paper hats!)
This day was a huge success, and has led to the development of special lessons every Sunday with the students to increase their awareness of key conservation issues and to improve their English skills.
At last Cuchi has had her baby, after looking huge for the last month and all ruffled. The baby is big, strong and very beautiful with a full cover of hair, unusual for newborn gibbon babies.
|Cuchi's new baby||Cuchi with her new baby|
Trang Bom was rescued as a young female mid-way through her colour change, at the time her facial markings were quite peculiar and we thought maybe she was a northern species. But DNA confirmed her as gabriellae and slowly as she completed her colour change she became more golden-cheeked.
Once Trang Bom was through her health checks she was introduced to Lee Lee, an 18 year old male. Both had been kept in isolation for the majority of their lives and knew little about gibbon behaviour. With slow introductions at the mesh they groomed nervously, but when given full access to each other the nerves would take over and it became chaotic and sometimes dangerous, as in unorganized play the large canines can get in the way. After several months, although they always wanted to go together, Trang Bom was losing confidence and starting to keep away from Lee Lee. It was decided that Lee Lee needed an older, steadier female to educate him, while Trang Bom possibly needed some little ones so she could be the boss and gain some confidence.
Two three-year-old gibbons, Nhee and Hien, were transferred from Wildlife at Risk, perfect for Trang Bom to fit in the role as big sister. This worked well for a while, but as Trang Bom was going through sexual maturity she was erratic in behaviour, at times appearing quite confused whether to be big sister or mate to the young male gibbon Hien. To complicate this Hien, although now only four, was singing the male song, something that normally only happens when older, but without an older male in the group he has taken on the male condition early. In January Nhee was transferred to a group of other young female gibbons to have some fun, leaving Hien and Trang Bom with the chance to pair bond as normal young gibbons.
Volunteer Raphael Weniger from Germany is focusing on the rehabilitation of pygmy loris. Raphael is working in the loris semi-free monitoring their sleep sites during the day to find any pattern and any behaviours that may increase their survival chances when returned to the wild. Raphael also has to gain the weights of the loris, using suspended scales, making sure the loris are not overweight for release.
Raphael suspending his weighing platform