South African Association for Marine Biological Research

13th - 17th January 2020

Sabrina Brando traveled to South Africa last month to work with the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) at uShaka Marine World, where she and care staff came together to discuss animal welfare assessments and care, emphasising the importance of evidence-based decision making according to the latest, internationally recognised findings and practices.

Sabrina spent several days training caregivers in the 24/7 approach to promoting good welfare for zoo-housed animals, and dedicated sessions to environmental enrichment, animal training, and welfare research in particular. Additionally, she presented a public talk on “Global Collaboration for Animal Welfare and Conservation” at SAAMBR’s uShaka Marine World.

Care and curatorial staff as well as the managers and veterinarian all collaborated in animal welfare discussions and activities involving sea urchins, penguins, shark, lizards, seals and dolphins, and many of the other species housed at uShaka Marine World.

You can watch a short video of the trip here.


Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

20th - 31st January 2020

Sabrina Brando travelled to Chimp Eden, a chimpanzee sanctuary just outside Nelspruit in South Africa working pro bon for the PASA Primate Care Program.

The PASA Primate Care Program, coordinated by Sabrina Brando, launched in 2016 aims to further improve animal welfare of primates at PASA member sanctuaries by training the animal care staff. PASA training materials have been developed with a training curriculum relevant to African sanctuaries, and is adapted to each sanctuary’s resources and needs. Local and intentional instructors from other sanctuaries, universities, zoos, and freelancers travel to sanctuaries to provide the training. Since 2016 many different sanctuaries, their staff, and animals have benefited from training on topics like e.g. health care, environmental enrichment, animal training, nutrition, disease prevention, human-animal interaction and behaviour.

At Chimp Eden Sabrina worked with Ainare Idoiaga DVM and the whole animal care and management team at the chimpanzee sanctuary on a wide variety of topics such as chimpanzee behaviour, health care, environmental enrichment, and the human-animal interaction.

You can watch a short video of the trip here.

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA is a leader in the protection of Africa's primates, working to prevent their extinction and provide them with the best care possible. PASA constitutes the largest coalition of wildlife centers and sanctuaries, with 23 member organizations in 13 countries securing a future for Africa’s primates and their habitat. The combination of PASA’s global network and our members’ local expertise uniquely positions the Alliance to protect chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and monkeys from extinction.

The chain of global experts addresses animal protection issues on a large scale and produces lasting changes to reduce suffering and abuse. The threats facing primates in Africa are multi-pronged, thus PASA works in different capacities on both local and global levels to halt the increasing loss of apes and monkeys.

Unless people around the world take action today, the great apes may be extinct in our lifetime. Join to help care and protect primates!

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