-- Kenya Wildlife
Service (KWS) said Thursday it has formed a
taskforce to spearhead conservation of primates
which have been pushed into isolated areas of
suitable habitat, thus curtailing their chances of
said National Primate Conservation Task Force (NPCTF)
will be tasked with raising the profile of
primates through better awareness and public
relations and help resolve conflicts and change
people’s attitudes about primates.
members of the task force contribute a range of
knowledge and expertise, and we are very excited
about working together and moving forward,”
KWS said in a statement issued in
East African nation has at least 19 species and 24
sub- species of primates and harbours some of the
world’s most threatened species.
most threatened species are the Tana River Red
Colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus) and the Tana
River Mangabey (Cercocebus galeritus), both
endemic to the forests of lower
to the wildlife agency, habitat degradation, loss
and fragmentation are the major threats to the
primates in the East African nation.
taskforce will advise KWS on primate conservation
matters, including priorities for critical
conservation actions for primates in a structured
and participatory way.
body will integrate primate conservation, review
primate research activities and advise on research
and monitoring programs. This includes collating
existing information to create databases on each
said climate changes have further complicated the
threats facing primates, adding that the weather
patterns have become unpredictable, resulting in
changes in food resources.
eventually affects the population status and
habitat carrying capacity, thus further
threatening the primates,” KWS said, noting
that despite these challenges facing primates of
, the country lacks primate conservation and
said expert advice had been sought and resulted in
the formation of a panel to advise, help develop
and drive the strategy forward.
taskforce will develop policy options for
conservation and management of primates and steer
the formulation of national conservation
strategies that will ensure the long-term survival
of healthy populations of primates and their
task force which has commenced its work has
discussed key features of the conservation
strategies and management guidelines such as
primate pest management and national primate
diversity and national listing of primate species.
said the envisaged strategies will provide
national guidance on the conservation of
threatened primates and management of relatively
abundant primate species that are sometimes
clearly has a large role to
play in primate conservation Africa-wide, given
that it is home to two endemic and threatened
primate taxa as well as to a large number of
other, less threatened primate taxa.