Zambia’s president has taken revenge after a monkey urinated on him during a press conference, by evicting a group of some 200 primates from State House. President Rupiah Banda has asked for the animals to be relocated to parkland outside the capital Lusaka. About 61 monkeys have already been moved to the Munda Wanga Botanical Gardens land, an official said. At the time, President Banda made light of the incident and suggested he would give it to the opposition leader.
He also suggested that it might bring him good luck. “The president recently requested to the Munda Wanga Botanic Trust to remove and relocate some of the monkeys, and so far 61 monkeys have been humanely captured and translocated to the gardens,” said director Bill Thomas, reports the AFP news agency. There are also many species of antelope and bird in the State House grounds, according to Reuters news agency. To see the full article visit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8231736.stm
Another side to this relocation:
In an unprecedented and much to be welcomed move, the President of Zambia, His Excellency Rupiah Banda, has turned to the Munda Wanga Trust and Born Free Foundation to humanely resolve problems involving primates in and around the grounds of State House.
It is estimated that there are approximately 200 primates involved and the President wanted some of them removed, relocated and released humanely back into the wild so turned to the Munda Wanga Trust and Born Free Foundation’s Lunga Luswishi Wildlife Project to ensure this was done professionally.
The Munda Wanga Trust, which has been working closely with the Born Free Foundation for over five years, and has considerable experience rehabilitating and reintroducing vervet monkeys and yellow baboons into the wild, immediately responded to this Presidential request. “Clearly, the grounds of State House were becoming overcrowded and some primates were escaping and becoming a nuisance to the Lusaka Golf Course, nearby hotel and local residential properties and embassies in the area. Naturally, we agreed to assist and the operation is underway” said Bill Thomas OBE, Director of the Trust.
So far, 61 primates have been humanely captured and translocated to Munda Wanga where they are being accommodated, medically assessed and cared for. The plan is to release as many as possible into the wild as part of integrated social groups. The primates are prepared for their rehabilitation in a number of ways including predator avoidance training and exposure to naturally occurring fruits and seeds so that they stand the best possible chance of a successful transition to their natural habitat.
“It is obviously incredibly heartening that the President himself has personally taken this humane course of action and that he has turned to the Munda Wanga Trust and Born Free to carry out Operation ‘Shining Example’. It is a significant vote of confidence in our abilities” said Virginia McKenna OBE, founder of the Born Free Foundation. “However, it has naturally placed a considerable strain on our resources both human and financial and I urge all those who care about the welfare and the future prospects of these animals, to contact us and support us in whatever way they can.” To see the full article visit: http://bornfree.wildlifedirect.org/2009/09/01/experts-launch-operation-shining-example-to-relocate-200-monkeys/