Trust wins crucial funding

Published: 5 November 2012

Trust wins crucial funding

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust has been awarded a number of major grants to continue its vital conservation work with a rare monkey.

The charity has been handed grants and donations totaling £33,000 for its work with Sulawesi crested black macaques in Indonesia.

Amneville Zoo in France gave €15,000 as a result of a personal approach from Gaetan Masson, who is joining the team as Field Project Co-ordinator. A private donation of €12,000 is helping to cover his employment.

The Trust applied to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, which gave $12,000, and to Chester Zoo, which donated £3,073. Dublin Zoo’s contribution of €1,000 was a second gift following a report on the use of their first donation.

The Trust’s Head of Field Conservation and Research, Amy Plowman, said: “This is fantastic news and I think a real reflection on how much progress we have made this year.

“Every donation means we can do that little bit more to help this charismatic species. We are keen to begin a very ambitious project to enhance the management and protection of the macaques’ last stronghold, Tangkoko Nature Reserve and also to survey the remote island of Bacan which might harbour a significant but unstudied population. The generous grant funding from Mohamed bin Zayed and Chester Zoo will help us achieve these aims in the coming year."

The Trust’s project in Indonesia – called Selamatkan Yaki, or Save the Sulawesi crested black macaque – is run by Field Project Manager Harry Hilser. Harry is also generating income by selling branded t-shirts. In addition, a Virgin Money Giving page has been set up – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/selamatkanyaki - a first for the WWCT.

Meanwhile, professional photographer Andrew Walmsley is giving 20% of the profits from macaque prints sold on his web site to the Selamatkan Yaki project - visit www.awimages.net/ for more information.

Harry Hilser is hopeful for the future: “With support like this, we hope we can make a real difference in helping to reduce the threats to these charismatic monkeys and their forest homes.”

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