Friday, May 24, 2013

AAP Summer Course 2013

AAP Summer Course 2013: husbandry of rescued primates

AAP Rescue centre for Exotic Animals in Almere, The Netherlands, is one of the world’s major primate rescue, rehabilitation and resocialisation centres. For more than 40 years, AAP has rehabilitated many primate species, amongst which chimpanzees, macaques, baboons and vervet monkeys, but also other mammals, like raccoons, coatis and squirrels. These animals all had in common that they were kept under poor circumstances and were in desperate need to be rescued. Some used to live as pets, others as clowns in circuses, as laboratory animals or were living in zoos of poor quality.
AAP is an expert in the field of animal rehabilitation. The animals that enter rescue centres often lack species-appropriate behaviour, are used to unnatural diets (like chocolate and French fries) and may be ill or have zoonotic diseases. AAP provides these animal with a temporary home, rehabilitates them and eventually relocates them to a more permanent home (for example zoos). With more than 40 years of experience and currently more than 100 animals that are rescued annually, AAP has a leading role regarding the rescue and rehabilitation of primates in Europe.
This course will provide participants the unique chance to learn more about all the aspects of veterinary and behavioural care and about the role of sanctuaries in prevention of primate exploitation by humans. This course will be held at a top European rescue centre, which has accumulated decades of knowledge into a well-balanced and challenging course for students and experienced caretakers.

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