Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) September 2018 - Page 7

You Helped Save Animals Did you know? 25 cents from every Louisville Zoo general admis- sions ticket and $1 from every membership goes to conservation. 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. Pan African Sanctuary Alliance Member: Colobus Conservation One of our wildlife partners is the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), the only alliance of wildlife sanctuaries and global conserva- tion experts working across Africa to protect primates and their forest and savannah homes. Africa’s primates are rapidly disappearing. Many are hunted for profit, food, or as “pests” because they compete with humans for natural resources as human popu- lations expand into their habitats. Habitat destruction for palm oil, mining, logging, oil development, human settlement and agricul- ture are consuming the remaining primate habitats at an alarming rate. PASA assists sanctuaries to work directly with local communi- ties to change human behaviors that impact the everyday survival of primates and their habitats. Colobridges If you’ve been watching the construction of the new Colobus Crossing exhibit at the Zoo, you may have noticed some overhead passages being built for the colobus monkeys. Did you know the inspira- tion for these “colobridges” is born from the dangers colobus monkeys face in the vanishing wild? Kenya is home to a spectacular range of wildlife including colobus monkeys. Their biggest threat is habitat loss — but they also face danger from power lines, dogs, hunters, poisoning and vehicle ac- cidents. Colobus Conservation, one of PASA’s dedicated members, helps to build unique “colo- bridges” over roads to give monkeys alternative routes. Colobridges are set Above: Black and white colobus monkeys. five meters above the tarmac and span to prevent monkeys from getting the width of the road, too close, while still keeping them stabilized on either end by either within sight in order to give tourists trees or poles. These bridges are the opportunity to observe them. By used by primates and other tree- dwelling wildlife such as squirrels to finding this balance, everyone wins! cross safely. Colobus Con- servation helps not just the colobus monkey, IN KENTUCKY but all monkey species found Ford in Louisville for over 100 years in the region. They also do public outreach work to reduce conflict between people and ba- boons, sykes and vervet monkeys, which are eager to pursue hu- man foods and have a reputa- Ford is proud of being part of tion of being the Louisville community for pests throughout over 100 years. Kenya. Colobus Conservation works with local hotels and res- taurants to teach their staff how Driving a Brighter Future w w w.communit #fordgivesback @fordfund _ Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Fall 2018 • 7