Best Practice Guidelines for the Re-Introduction of Great Apes

Best Practice Guidelines for the Re-Introduction of Great Apes

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From the website: Although the IUCN has previously established working protocols for plant and animal re-introduction, the great apes present unique challenges and concerns owing to their singular cognitive development. This prompted the Primate Specialist Group to reconsider the existing guidelines in terms of the specific needs of great apes. The resulting synthesis, representing the expert opinion of primatologists and re-introduction practitioners, is presented here as part of the series of best-practices documents. Specifically designed for rehabilitators and specialists in re-introduction, these guidelines start from the fundamental assumption that re-introductions should not endanger wild populations of great apes or the ecosystems they inhabit. Equally important is the health and welfare of the individual great apes being re-introduced, as well as the caretaker staff and the residents of the surrounding areas. The re-introduction guidelines also require that the factors which first threatened great apes in the proposed site of release have been addressed and resolved.In other words, can chronic carriers of this disease pass it to other animals, resulting in clinical disease, and how easily can they do this? What is the likelihood of causing a chronic carrier state in any offspring the adult carriers may have?

Title:Best Practice Guidelines for the Re-Introduction of Great Apes
Author:Benjamin Beck, Michelle Rodrigues, Steve Unwin
Publisher:IUCN - 2007-01-01


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