HOPE Report No.2 2004-06-01

Program No.2 (Joint research)

Information exchange on the disease of great apes

By Yuji Takenoshita (Kyoto University)

Place of visit: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.

Period of visit: 5th-10th May 2004

 Disease such as HIV/SIV, ebora hemorrhagic fever has been the third major factor for the decline of wild great ape population next to hunting for bush-meat and habitat loss/degradation caused by mechanized logging. In order to deal with this increasing threat for great ape survival, an international conference entitled "Disease - the third major threat for wild great apes?" was held at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, during 6th-9th of May 2004.

 More than 50 people participated. The participants were field researchers on great ape ecology, conservationists, and veterinary researchers .Through the conference, we exchanged information of current situation of diseases in various habitats and discussed the efficient disease monitoring and prevention method. There were oral and poster sessions concerning (1) impacts of diseases on wild great ape populations, (2) disease preventing measure in practice at various ape research/tourism sites, and (3) great ape health monitoring. Through discussion, I contributed for informations on the Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, Gabon.

 On the last day of the conference, the participants were divided into workings groups to discuss the action plan for monitoring and preventing diseases in great apes. The topics for each working group were (1) preventing measure, (2)emergency plan, (3) health monitoring program,and (4) diagnostic method. I participated in the working group for health monitoring program.

 Finally, the creation of a network by all participants called "Great Ape Health Monitoring Unit (GAHUM)" was approved for realization of the action plan.

poster presentations in the seminor room on the 4th floor at the Max Planck Institute


lunch in the seminor room on the 4th floor at the Max Planck Institute



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