Journey to

The first two days are dedicated to provide a basic overview of what has been done in the field of great ape health. The third day will offer the opportunity to discuss concrete plans for the creation of a network aimed at a better understanding of diseases in the wild and possibilities for intervention and prevention.

During the first two days, a mixture of invited and submitted presentations will be given, all related to the issues of disease in great apes. A list of the invited speakers is provided below with the topic they are going to discuss.

May 5th 2004

Welcome reception at Victor`s Residenz-Hotel Leipzig, 19:00 (Hotel restaurant)

  May 6th 2004
  Program talks
8h45 Welcome remarks
  Successes and pitfall in management of wild animal health
9h00 Craig Packer Disease outbreaks in lions of Tanzania: Frequencies, impact and recovery
Sarah Cleaveland Impact and control of rabies in wild carnivores: Lessons for disease management in primate populations
10h20 Coffee break
10h50 Mike Cranfield Standardized health monitoring system for the mountain gorilla
11h10 Felicia Nutter Links between human and mountain gorilla health: An example from the mountain gorilla veterinary project in Rwanda
11h30 Poster session
12h10 Lunch
  Disease threats to wild animals
13h10 Peter Walsh Does Ebola really spread in waves? Yes
13h50 Magdalena Bermejo Spreading of Ebola infection in wildlife on the Lossi Sanctuary: New cases of ape mortality in 2004
14h10 Pierre Rouquet Ebola outbreaks in wildlife on the Gabon-Congo border (2001-2003): Results and reflections on the prevention of human and great apes outbreaks
14h50 Coffee break
15h20 Fabian Leendertz Taï chimpanzees death: The search for the death causes in the wild
16h00 Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka Scabies, mountain gorillas and public health in Uganda
16h40 Gillespie, T., Chapman, C. Forest fragmentation alters primate parasite dynamics: Implications for primate health and conservation
17h00 Levréro, F., Gatti, S., Ménard, N. Skin disease in lowland gorillas (G. g. gorilla) at Odzala National Park, Congo
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  May 7th 2004
  Program talks
9h00 Janette Wallis The risk of disease transmission in ape ecotourism
  Possible solutions to increase great apes health
9h30 William Karesh Population health concerns for lowland gorillas and other great apes
10h10 Christophe Boesch Health protective measures to limit the risk of disease transmission: Interface between field and the laboratory
10h50 Coffee break  
Sanz, C., Morgan, D. Preventative measures and health monitoring to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the Goualougo triangle, Republic of Congo
11h40 Emma Stokes Ape health monitoring in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park: Assessment of field methodologies and recommendations for field monitoring programmes
12h00 Wallis, J., Collins, A.
Sexual transmission diseases in Gombe baboons
12h30 Lunch
13h30 Marc Ancrenaz Reintroduction of apes and health measures: What can be done in the field?
14h10 Georg Pauli Non-invasive testing for pathogens in great apes
14h50 Coffee break
15h20 Poster session
15h50 Sabrina Krief Results and benefits of a multi-method health monitoring in Kanyawara chimpanzees
16h30 Elizabeth Lonsdorf Gombe chimpanzee health monitoring: Past, present and future
16h50 Mark Leighton Implications of two initiatives, World Heritage Species status and a Scientific Commission, for great ape disease control and response
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May 8th 2004

Workshop on the creation of a “Great Ape Health Monitoring Unit” (GAHMU)

To address the challenges of the monitoring and handling of health problems in great apes, the creation of a “Great Ape Health Monitoring Unit” (GAHMU) working in close collaboration with interested organisations is envisioned. This will include a trained veterinary section with staff that will be fully devoted to help field workers with health issues and will be able to utilize an established set of international laboratories possessing the last technologies and know how on health diagnostic skills in an attempt to improve our efficacy at responding to emergencies in the field.

To launch the GAHMU in a way that best responds to the need of the field workers and can help at different levels, we want to spend a day with experts and representatives of different great apes field projects.

Provisional program

09:00 - 10:00 Introduction to "GAHMU" (C. Boesch, F. Leendertz, and W. Karesh)

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee/ Tee break

Workshop on:

10:20 - 12:20 Hygienic measurements for living and working in proximity to wild great apes and Emergency plans in case of great apes morbidity or mortality

12:20 - 13:20 Lunch

13:20 - 15:20 Monitoring health of great apes living in the wild and development of non invasive methods, involvement of laboratories, etc.

15:20 - 15:30 coffee break

15:30 - 17:00 Synthesis of the workshops and foundation of “GAHMU”, infrastructure for GHAMU and fund raising

Farewell party

May 9th 2004


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