A vital fund to help us give all we can to those in need......
For every baboon born in captivity it means one less baboon can be helped in the wild.
This fund is vital to enable the effective and successful management of C.A.R.E.
C.A.R.E is aiming to insert all of the sexually mature females at the Centre with Contraceptive Implants to prevent the breeding of the rescued animals whilst at the facility. If we allow breeding at the centre the welfare of the baboons is compromised due to the stretching of already very limited resources: space/food/funding. Therefore we must not allow uncontrolled breeding of the baboons.
Please make a huge difference today and sponsor this vital fund.
You will recieve a certificate and photo of the female you sponsored.
C.A.R.E is aiming to insert all of the sexually mature baboon females at the Centre with reversible Contraceptive Implants to prevent the breeding of the rescued animals whilst at the facility. If we allow breeding at the centre the welfare of the baboons is compromised due to the stretching of already very limited resources: space/food/funding. Therefore we have a no-breeding policy since 2007 and must not allow uncontrolled breeding of the baboons.
WHAT IMPLANTS ARE YOU USING?
The implants we are using are Deslorelin. So far all the females which have had the implants have remained healthy, maintained their rank and have not become pregnant. The lower dose 4.9mg implants have lasted a minimum of 8 months in the chacma baboon females, with most lasting a lot longer. It is easy to tell when the implants are wearing off as the females begin to get their trademark posterior sexual swellings, characteristic of oestrus and ovulation. The implants do not hurt, the procedure is quick and it gives us a perfect opportunity to give the baboons important health screening and routine deworming injections. We also use the larger implants on males, it works the same way as a non-surgical castration.
WHAT'S INVOLVED IN THE VETERINARY PROCESS:
The females are sedated and this gives the perfect opportunity for an all over health check and boosters. Whilst sedated the implant is inserted subcutaneously in the lower neck. The female is given a TB test as part of our disease control policy (no TB has ever been reported at C.A.R.E. and we aim to keep it that way!), a Vitamin B12 injection and deworming injections (Droncit and Ivermectin) are given routinely.
The implants have so far not had any negative reactions and not been groomed out. The implants are massaged under the skin far away from the insersion site to ensure they stay put.
WHY DO YOU NEED THEM IF THE BABOONS ARE RELEASEABLE? In order for a baboon to be considered releasable, one of the requirements is that the majority of the troop have reached emotional maturity/adulthood; therefore they are emotionally mature (do not need any reassurance from their care-givers), can fend for themselves and the males have the canines to protect the troop from threats.
The females reach sexual maturity well before they are emotionally mature - very much like us human primates. They reach sexual maturity before the males grow their full canines & become emotionally mature. C.A.R.E does not want the baboons to breed whilst in captivity, as we aim to use all the resources that we have on incoming baboons or baboons which are already undergoing rehabilitation.
HOW IS THIS IMPROVING PRESENT CAPTIVE MANAGEMENT METHODS:
Presently we use the contraceptive injection Depo-Provera to prevent the females from becoming pregnant; this is extremely laborious, involving the successful darting of each female at the centre every two months. Over time this is also extremely costly and only lasts for a maximum two months. The constant darting within the troops increases the stress levels and is also taking up the time of the Management who could be focusing their efforts on other things such as finding release sites, centre improvements, the essential education and awarensss initiatives.
Please make a huge difference today and sponsor this vital fund. You will recieve a certificate and photo of the female you sponsored.
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$90.00 now to Protect a Female Orphan for 6 Months - 1 year.
Each 4.7mg Implant is R 425 each (+ R200 postage). Each female also requires sedation costs; R20 sedative; R200 Dart, costing a total of R845 per baboon.
$130.00 now to Protect a Female Orphan for 1 year - 18 months.
Each 9.4mg Implant, which lasts more than double the time of a lower dosage costs R850 each (+ R200 postage), we want to implant 300 females. Each female also requires sedation costs; R20 sedative; R200 Dart, costing a total of R1275 per baboon.