Research and Wildlife Conservation
The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance conducts and supports research about diverse topics in order to improve efforts to rescue, care for, and protect African primates. We’re expanding the possibilities for our member wildlife centers to collect valuable data on the animals they care for and the species they protect.
Data Collection Program
Many wildlife centers in Africa work with limited resources, such as unreliable electricity and intermittent internet connections, which can make it hard to take advantage of technology. Many of the wildlife centers record data about their animals in notebooks or on paper, making organized record-keeping almost impossible. Furthermore, each center has their own method of storing information.
To solve this problem, PASA is training the staff of our wildlife centers to use the ODK smartphone app to collect data. This technology allows faster data entry and easier access to the data, to help provide better care and treatment to the animals in their care and allow staff to identify changes in health and behavior.
The applications of this system are almost unlimited. By ensuring that our members can accurately record information about the many threatened and endangered animals in their care, PASA’s network is contributing valuable research to the world of conservation. Our field research illuminates the impacts of the bushmeat trade, the pet trade, and human-wildlife conflicts and will provide spatial data about the importance of these issues in various countries across Africa. Governments can use this information to inform their wildlife policies and protection laws.
PASA has already provided training in the ODK smartphone app at five PASA wildlife centers, with very positive responses.
It costs an average of $3,000 to train the staff of a wildlife center. Please help PASA bring this vital technology to animal sanctuaries in Africa.
The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance conducts other research about the impact of the conservation and primate protection programs conducted by our member wildlife centers. We also encourage researchers to visit wildlife centers to conduct scientific research.