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19.05.17

Hellabrunn Zoo supports Drill Ranch in Nigeria after severe storms

The PANDRILLUS Drill Ranch in Nigeria was hit by a severe natural disaster, which unfortunately resulted in loss of life of several drill residents. To ensure that the ranch is rebuilt as quickly as possible and continues its important work, Hellabrunn Zoo will offer its support with a one-off donation.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Rettet den Drill e.V.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Rettet den Drill e.V.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Rettet den Drill e.V.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Rettet den Drill e.V.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Rettet den Drill e.V.

Two severe storms with torrential rain have destroyed large parts of the Drill Ranch in Nigeria. In addition to the numerous trees that were toppled during the storm, the fences that protect the animals in the ranch's protected area from poachers were also destroyed. Furthermore, the veterinary surgery, staff' accommodation and the water supply were also damaged by fallen trees. And sadly several drills were killed during the natural disaster.

The Drill Ranch operated by the Pandrillus Foundation is home to more than 500 drills and around 30 chimpanzees. The drill is one of the most endangered primate species in Africa. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the drill ranks among the most endangered species on the planet. Only about 3,500 individuals still survive in their natural habitat, an area of merely 40,000 km2, stretching across Cameroon and Nigeria to the island of Bioko.

Hellabrunn has donated € 8000, which the zoo has made available immediately. Visitors who wish to add to this donation can donate any amount they choose into the special donation box in front of the drill enclosure at the zoo. The donations will be forwarded directly to the Drill Ranch via the Save the Drill association.

"PANDRILLUS' work in Nigeria is extremely important to continue to protect the small population of drills in Africa," says zoo director Rasem Baban. "Conservation is an important part of modern zoos, so we did not hesitate to support the rebuilding of the Drill Ranch as quickly and efficiently as possible."

As coordinator of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and the International Studbook (ISB) for the drill, Hellabrunn Zoo assumes great responsibility for the zoo population of this endangered West African primate species. This includes its role as ambassador for the species as well as for conservation projects in the primate's natural habitat. Over the years, Hellabrunn Zoo has demonstrated its long-standing commitment to the conservation of the drill with its membership of the Save the Drill association, which supports the PANDRILLUS project in Nigeria and Cameroon.

If you would like to make a donation to support the rebuilding of the Drill Ranch, you can also send your donation directly to the Save the Drill association at:

Save the Drill e.V.
IBAN: DE95 2675 0001 0014 0759 56
BIC: NOLADE21NOH
Ref: Rebuilding Nigeria