Reintroduction is a challenging and comprehensive process. It requires a large team, extensive planning and numerous considerations. Habitat protection, disease mitigation, risk management assessments, local community interests, human-wildlife conflict prevalence, density of established/existing wild populations, availability of food and resources, genetic assessments, behavioural assessments, and socioeconomic, financial, and legal requirements must all be considered and accounted for before an animal can safely be released.
Non-primates rehabilitated at the LWC are typically released into a suitable and protected habitat under IUCN standards. This is done as soon as they are deemed healthy and we have accounted for all of their release requirements.
The release of primates is a much more difficult task. In short, one of the biggest conservation challenges in Cameroon is the absence of effectively protected national parks. Without a safe, protected, natural habitat for release, reintroducing rehabilitated primates to the wild is often not an option. This is due to the overwhelming risk of poaching. This is especially true for primates who arrived as young orphans. Currently, we are working with Cameroon’s key wildlife agencies and communities to work towards the future aim of developing semi-free enclosures within two national parks. Through such a project we may one day have a viable path for returning rescued primates to the wild. For now, until a safe option exists, our primates require continued care and protection at the LWC.
We are committed to providing the best possible life to rescued wildlife. Here at the LWC, every animal leads a life free from fear, abuse, and neglect in the best rescue setting we can provide. However, we cannot fulfill our mission alone. Please consider a donation today to help us rebuild the lives of victims of the illegal wildlife trade.