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,
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