(PRWEB UK) 30 November 2012
The Aspinall Foundation, a world leading conservation charity headed by dedicated conservationist Damian Aspinall has announced that the release of 13 rescued and rehabilitated langurs has been a success.
Damian said: ‘It’s always a gamble to release rehabilitated animals back to the wild but this is something that we passionately believe in. The Aspinall Foundation is no stranger to reintroduction and I’m delighted that the group of langurs are adjusting well to life in the forests of Java.’
The Aspinall Foundation’s Java Primate Project has been eight years in the making and is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating primates from the illegal pet trade. Working closely with local governments, forestry commissions and local people, the project protects and monitors the areas where the primates have been released.
Damian added: ‘We need to work closely with local people and organisations to help protect and monitor the areas we look after. Without the support of the local people and governments we would not be able to continue our vital efforts for conservation’
The conservation charity has been involved with local communities and school groups in Java with education projects and wilderness management including tree planting.
Damian said: ‘It’s not just about saving a species – we have to make sure that we save the natural habitats too.’
The Aspinall Foundation, will continue to send animals back to the wild throughout 2013 and beyond, in a bid to save endangered and vulnerable animals from extinction and they are asking for the public’s support, by using a text to donate scheme.
Sarah Tite, Fundraising Manager said: ‘To help send animals back to the wild please text BACK to 70300 and donate £3.00. The Aspinall Foundation will receive 100% of the £3.00 text donation. Supporters of the appeal will be able to follow the animals’ stories on the website with regular updates, animal biographies and keeper blogs. There will also be competitions to win prizes online via the wild animal parks’ social media channels – http://www.facebook.com/theaspinallfoundation and @AspinallCharity
The Aspinall Foundation is the charity working with Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks in Kent. Set up by the late John Aspinall the parks are designed to be centres of excellence for animal husbandry within which to protect and breed threatened species, with a view to returning them to the wild wherever possible.
The Aspinall Foundation is a world leading conservation charity dedicated to keeping John Aspinall’s innovative conservation ethos alive leading the way through education, captive breeding and reintroduction. The Aspinall Foundation has projects both in the UK and overseas, including Java, Madagascar, Congo and The Gabon. Working in conjunction with the parks, The Aspinall Foundation has so far returned to the wild Przewalski's horses, black rhino, Burmese pythons and western lowland gorillas.
At present there are only around 50 captive Javan gibbons outside of Indonesia, held at ten zoos around the world. While these zoos are cooperating in a captive breeding programme, only a few pairs are breeding successfully. Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks together hold half of the world’s total captive population – currently housing 14 males and 14 females between the two parks. With 28 viable births since 1988, the parks are the most successful breeder of this species.
Javan Langurs are listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red list of endangered species and they face the same threats as other primates in Asia, including loss of habitat and hunting. The brightly coloured primates are not often seen in wild animal parks, but Howletts and Port Lympne are collectively home to over 50 individuals.
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