The Iberian Association of Zookeepers, per its Spanish acronym AICAS, in collaboration with the Zoo, invites everyone who is interested to a talk on the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre EPRC located in Vietnam next Wednesday the 29th. Raúl Cabrera, primate caretaker at the Zoo, will share his experiences at this centre in the heart of Cuc Phuong National Park in the north of the country.
The EPRC does important work to rescue, rehabilitate and release primates in its country and, like many other projects in nature, this initiative receives financial support from a zoo, in this case Leipzig Zoo (Germany).
During his one-month stay last summer, Raúl helped his colleagues repair installations, prepare food and all the tasks necessary to keep over 150 primates living at the centre in top condition. Some of these primates are critically endangered, like the white-headed langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus), of which there are only some 50 specimens in the wild, and Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri), with a wild population of merely 200 animals. The centre also houses gibbons, loris and many other primate species, a significant number of which are endemic species. Outside of the centre, there were also many other unique, emotional and exciting occasions, such as the release of the aforementioned langurs into nature and the release of another critically endangered species, the red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus). All in all, extremely valuable learning to share with other wild animal caretakers.
Raúl, who represents AICAS at the ICZ (International Congress of Zookeepers)and has worked with several primate rescue centres for many years, wanted to bring a gift to his friends at the EPRC and, taking advantage of a change in the Barcelona Zoo uniform, headed a drive to collect work clothes, which are always useful: a little touch and a display of the collaboration existing between centres and the people devoted to animal rehabilitation, whether they are at zoos, animal rescue centres, aquariums or sanctuaries.
Talk: The Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC) of Vietnam
By Raúl Cabrera, primate zookeeper at the Barcelona Zoo
Organised by AICAS
With the collaboration of the Barcelona Zoo
Time: 1.30 pm
Location: Barcelona Zoo Department of Education, Room 3, Pg. de Circumval·lació, 3
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