Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) December 2018 - Page 7

You Helped Save Animals Pan African Sanctuary Alliance Member: Colobus Conservation Colobus monkeys are fun to watch as they climb through the trees and munch on leaves, but their wild cousins are facing threats due to deforestation and hunt- ing. Our conservation partner, Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), is the only alliance of wildlife sanc- tuaries and global conservation experts working across Africa to protect primates and their forest and savanna homes. One of PASA’s member conser- vation organizations is Colobus Conservation. This is a 24/7 emer- gency response team for primate welfare, including a veterinary clinic just for wildlife. For over 20 years, they have rehabilitated and released hundreds of monkeys. In addition to providing veterinary care, Colobus Conservation also builds colobridges that allow monkeys to cross roads safely, trims trees around power lines to reduce primate electrocu- tions, and works with communities, providing weekly school groups with opportunities to visit and learn how to live alongside wildlife. Below, read about two special colobus monkeys rescued by Colobus Conservation. Angolan colobus monkey Betsy has always had a special place in the hearts of Colobus Conservation staff. She was found by the staff at only two weeks old, orphaned Angolan colobus monkey Betsy and young monkey Kuishi at a PASA sanctuary. in the wild. With loving diligence, Betsy survived against all odds, making headlines as the world’s first successfully hand-reared and weaned Angolan colobus monkey. In the last year, Betsy’s story became even bigger and better, as she took on the role of full-time foster mom to colobus monkey Kuishi. Kuishi came to Colobus Conservation with his mother that was paralyzed. His mother tragically died, leaving him orphaned. He initially needed 24-hour care. When he was introduced to Betsy, she im- mediately adopted him. It was truly remarkable that Betsy had the skills and knowledge to care for Kuishi as she had never cared for an infant of her own or even observed another monkey raise an infant. However, from the moment Betsy and Kuishi were introduced, they became in- separable. Betsy's instincts kicked in and she became a first-rate mother. Kuishi now lives with Colobus Con- servation’s other colobus monkeys that will all be released into the wild together as a troop in the future. Kuishi in Swahili means “survivor,” which he certainly is. We could not be prouder of Betsy and Kuishi! Did you know? 25 cents from every Louisville Zoo general admission ticket and $1 from every membership goes directly to conservation partners world- wide. Collectively, these quarters and dollars can make a huge impact! Just by visiting the Zoo or becoming a member, you play an important part in helping vital conservation efforts around the world. Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Winter 2018 • 7