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Collaborators of the Exhibition

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If not indicated otherwise, all boards were texted, edited and designed by
Iris Weiche/Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V. and
Dr. Marianne Holtkötter/Wilhelma Stuttgart.



Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V.
(Mountain Gorilla & Rainforest Direct Aid)
B&RD has existed since 1982 and works on a voluntary basis. Zoologist Iris Weiche has been active in the board of directors since 1997. The organisation supports projects for the protection of gorilla habitats and currently has its main activities in the distribution area of the eastern gorillas. B&RD collaborates with a wide range of other conservation organisations and local authorities. We support research by both international and, particularly, local scientists. Main support is equipment supply of the park rangers - sponsors for this are welcome. In 1999, an office was established in Kisoro/Uganda, public awareness is promoted e.g. via the Gorilla Journal (in German, English, occasionally French, with 2 issues per year), through talks, information stands and exhibitions.



Wilhelma, Zoological-Botanical Gardens, Stuttgart
For many years, the Wilhelma has been keeping and breeding gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos and their offspring have been distributed all over the world, including the great ape EEPs (European Breeding Programmes). The Wilhelma runs the European Orphanage Center for great ape offspring that are not cared for by their natural mothers. Zoologist Dr. Marianne Holtkoetter is a member of the EAZA Bushmeat Working Group and the National Coordinator for Germany. The Stuttgart Zoo financed this exhibition, which was designed as a touring exhibition for European zoos and institutions. Revenues from the loan of this exhibition are used to support projects which are working to solve the bushmeat problem (for details see the zoo page).



Bonobo in situ project
This project is a collaboration of the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp and the University of Antwerp in Belgium. The Belgian Jef Dupain studied the life of bonobos in the Lomako region/Democratic Republic of Congo from the Iyema field camp. Due to the war he had to leave and is currently involved in a project in Cameroon, working together with communities on conservation of gorillas and chimpanzees. The bonobo project is supported by a Belgian bank, the Leopold III. Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society and the Bonobo EEP. The Iyema Newsletter reports on the field work. Jef Dupain also studies the backgrounds of the bushmeat trade, e.g. by market surveys and a census of great apes in various areas in Central Africa that are logged to different extents.



Rettet den Regenwald e.V.
RdR was founded in 1986 and supports environmental groups and conservation projects all over the tropics. They have worldwide informational exchange with many other conservation groups. Director of this organisation is Reinhard Behrend. With political actions and demonstrations RdR fights against the trade of tropical timber and projects that threaten the life of forest peoples. A quarterly journal reports on recent activities.



Wild Chimpanzee Foundation
WCF is a new initiative for the preservation of chimpanzees and the conservation of the African rain forest. Prof. Christophe Boesch, Ilka Herbinger and Roman Wittig contributed to this exhibition. The board of directors, who work on a voluntary basis, consists of well-known scientists and internationally-renowned experts. Prof. Boesch and his team have worked for many years with the chimpanzees of the Tai Forest, Ivory Coast. WCF publishes a quarterly bulletin. They carry out environmental education in Africa as well as in donor nations. Steps will be taken to reduce poaching and to draw up a moratorium against the use of free-living chimpanzees.


WSPA/Karl Ammann
The World Society for the Protection of Animals is an animal protection organisation operating world wide with offices in 13 countries. They support different projects and species, e.g. the Tacaguma Chimp Sanctuary in Sierra Leone. To disseminate information about the bushmeat trade they started the campaign "EscApe". Karl Ammann, well-known photographer and vice director of this organisation, was the first to publish the bushmeat problem and bring it to media attention.


The International Fund for Animal Welfare generously funded the translation of this exhibition and supports the EAZA Bushmeat Campaign financially. They especially organized the joint venture between the campaigners and the politicans.


For photos, information and their generous support we thank the following persons and organisations:

R. Braun
B. Carroll/EAZA Bushmeat Working Group
G. Debonnet/GTZ
U. Eilenberger/MGVP
H. Eves/Bushmeat Crisis Task Force
H. Forkl/Lindenmuseum Stuttgart
L. Gadsby/P. Jenkins/Pandrillus
M. Hasson/Nouvelles Approches
A. Heymer
G. Holzinger
J. Hommes-Munstermann
U. Karlowski
V. Katembo
K.-H. Kohnen
K. Lachenmaier
C. Leidenroth
A. Meder
K. Paysan
K. Philipp
U. Rademacher
I. Redmond/Ape Alliance
J. Refisch
M. Reibenspies
M. Riebe/WSPA Germany
W. Rietschel
M. Robbins
J. Sailer
H. Scharpf
G. Schleussner
C. Schuler
K.-J. Sucker
L. and C. van't Hoff
M. Vogt
L. Williamson
R. Wolf/Rettet den Drill (Pandrillus)
WWF Germany
Zoo Antwerp

Translated into English by
Dr. Mauvis Gore/Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
Tanya Langenhorst/Marwell Zoological Park
Dr. Stephanie Wehnelt, Alexandra Zimmermann and Carys Hudson/Chester Zoo
Iris Weiche/Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe
Proofreading: Prof. Colin Groves/Australian National University

Web design: Dr. Angela Meder

Exhibition layout: Jutta Sailer

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