Riverside achieved in the last few years include the following:
* Through continuous communication and appeals to all nine Provinces to
change the status of the classified 5 vermin wild animal species, we
achieved success with Mpumalanga Province changing the listing of the vervet
monkey and baboon to ordinary wild animals. The remaining Provinces are in
the process of tabling their respective Provincial Laws doing away with
the term Vermin or Problem animal species.
* Realising that it can take years to pass the above legislation we
appealed to the Minister of Environmental Affairs to have a better
conservation policy for CITES listed animals, which at present covers
the vervet monkey, baboon and caracal.
* Though many Conservation Authorities and academics believe it
impossible to rehabilitate humanised primates, we have successfully
rehabilitated and released a number of troops of vervet monkeys and after
years and longer they are still coping and sustaining themselves in the wild.
* Due to SA becoming a signatory to the 1992 Convention on Biodiversity,
Provincial Conservation Authorities were afraid of possible genetic
pollution during rehabilitation and release back into the wild of vervet
monkeys. We are the only known centre where a project was undertaken in
conjunction with University of Limpopo's Zoology department,
and that was to determine the DNA differences, if any, existed between
vervet monkeys from the various provinces in SA.
Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation and Environmental Education Centre,
P.O. Box 161,
0885, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Phone: +27 (0)15 3451050,