Selamatkan Yaki – Save the Sulawesi crested black macaque

Selamatkan Yaki – Save the Sulawesi crested black macaque

Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra) are a critically endangered species of primate only found on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Known by the local name of yaki, this species is one of seven endemic monkey species on the island found nowhere else in the world. While all of these species are threatened with extinction due to the loss of their forest habitat and hunting, the yaki is the most endangered.

Selamatkan Yaki – is an integrated conservation programme with the aim of fostering collaboration between the different stakeholders in yaki conservation and conserving the species throughout its natural range. WWCT manages the European Endangered species breeding Programme for Sulawesi crested black macaques in European zoos with successful breeding groups kept at Paignton and Newquay Zoos. Studying and managing the macaques in captivity led to a series of research projects in Sulawesi and the launch of Selamatkan Yaki!

In partnership with the Pacific Institute for Sustainable Development  and Taronga Conservation Society Australia, the WWCT employs a Field Project Manager for Selamatkan Yaki, based in Manado, whose role is to conduct research, and liaise with local communities, government departments and conservation organisations to develop a Species Conservation Action Plan.

As part of the project there is a team of staff and volunteers at Selamatkan Yaki that work to implement an Education and Awareness Raising Strategy (EARS) -  in particular they aim to encourage respect and care for wildlife and habitats amongst local communities, most recently through the 'Yaki Pride campaign'.

They have engaged with over 8000 local school children, creating a Youth Ambassador program for senior high school students (currently 36 ambassadors) and running Yaki Youth camps with conservation-themed fun and activities.

Through their protected area management program, they have established the Forest Conservation Community Forum, which includes 5 villages in the region of Tangkoko nature reserve. 100 representatives from the villages meet every month to discuss conservation issues, and they recently started joining the rangers for forest patrols.

The global reach of Selamatkan Yaki is also increasing, with 20 volunteer campaigners working in Indonesia, USA , & the UK.
 

Other partners in this process include the Macaca Nigra Project, Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre and the University of Sam Ratulangi.

You can follow the latest updates on the Selamatkan Yaki blog http://selamatkanyaki.com/