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Friday, December 18, 2009

THANK YOU!!! *updated* !!!947.52€ raised!!!


Many Thanks to the following for helping us raise 947.52€ for our African Giant snail farm mircoproject:

Karline Janmaat, Andrew Fowler, Claudia Nebel, Adrian Melnyk, Martha Robbins, Julia Cissewski, Genevieve Campbell, Julia Riedel, Imong Inaoyom Sunday, Jessica Junker, Grit Schubert, Martin Surbeck, Claudia Borchers, Karin Bahrke, Roger Mundry, Dieter Lukas, Claudio Tennie, Andreas & Sabine Schubert, Katharina Matschke, Jessica Ganas, Cliff Coppolino, Katie Gray, Charles Janson, Carol, Kevin & "Ursie the Purse" Rowney-Langergraber, Yi-Chiao Chan, Louwtjie du Toit, Jörg Dietrich, Juliane Straub, Jojo Bhagavatula, Ingrid Verhoeckx, Juliane Kaminski, Vanessa Van Doren

We hope to start the farm as early as January 2010. Please bookmark our blog to keep up to date on the farm and Club P.A.N.'s activities.

Many, many thanks & Happy Holidays from the MPI-EVA Conservation group!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

!!!updated!!!: Please support our Giant African Snail Microproject



In conjunction with Club P.A.N., a conservation education project around the Tai National Park (TNP), Cote d'Ivoire, we plan to establish an African Giant Snail Farm micro-project in the village of Sakré.

Club P.A.N. Sakré is one of our most successful and enthusiastic member schools and we hope to further motivate the club P.A.N. students by rewarding them with the snail micro-project.

Snail meat is thoroughly enjoyed by the local people around TNP but is currently not domestically raised in any of the villages surrounding the forest. By creating a snail farm, we hope to provide a cheap and desirable, alternative protein source to the people around the TNP with the overall aim of decreasing bushmeat hunting in the protected area

In only two years the project will become self sustaining and all income will be reinvested in Club P.A.N. Sakré.

We are looking for private donations to get this program underway, every little bit counts towards our budget of 700€! If you would like to donate please contact Julia Riedel (riedel-at-eva.mpg.de)

UPDATE:
Total Amount Needed: 700€
Raised so Far: 947.52€ !!!

Still Needed: 0€

The Conservation Group would like to thank the following for their kind donations:
Karline Janmaat, Andrew Fowler, Claudia Nebel, Adrian Melnyk, Martha Robbins, Julia Cissewski, Genevieve Campbell, Julia Riedel, Imong Inaoyom Sunday, Jessica Junker, Grit Schubert, Martin Surbeck, Claudia Borchers, Karin Bahrke, Roger Mundry, Dieter Lukas, Claudio Tennie, Andreas & Sabine Schubert, Katharina Matschke, Jessica Ganas, Cliff Coppolino, Katie Gray, Charles Janson, Carol, Kevin & "Ursie the Purse" Rowney-Langergraber, Yi-Chiao Chan, Louwtjie du Toit, Jörg Dietrich, Juliane Straub, Jojo Bhagavatula, Ingrid Verhoeckx, Juliane Kaminski, Vanessa Van Doren

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Amersfoort Zoo funding recieved for 2010-2011 Club P.A.N. year!


We are happy to announce that we have received $4600(USD) in funding from the DierenPark Amersfoort Wildlife Fund (DPAWF) for the 2010-2011 Club P.A.N. School year! This money will be allocated towards paying the salary of the four teachers entirely employed by the W.C.F. for Club P.A.N. This is the second year that the Amersfoort Zoo is funding the club and we thank them for their continued support and generosity.

Two NEW Club P.A.N. schools & the 2009 teacher workshop


 Club P.A.N. teacher training October 2009

The 2009-2010 Club P.A.N. school year is now well underway!

As previously mentioned, all funding is secured for this school year thanks to the generosity of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Great Ape Conservation Fund (USFW GACF), the Oregon Zoo, the Columbus Zoo & Spreadshirt

We are very happy to announce that Club P.A.N. has expanded to two new schools and welcomed two new teachers into the fold in this year. 120 new students from the villages of Daobly and Amaragui are now part of the Club P.A.N. family. That makes 813 students enrolled in Club P.A.N. in 2009-2010!

The first teacher training was lead by Claudia Borchers in October of this year and was a success. All of the teachers are extremly motivated and we all look forward to a great 2009-2010.

Article on Club P.A.N. and Club Ebobo published!


Claudia Borchers, Julia Riedel, Christophe Boesch & Thomas Breuer just published a paper in La Revue de Primatologie Titled Deux programmes d’éducation environnementale pour la conservation des grands singes africains: Club Ebobo et Club P.A.N. (Two environmental education programs for the conservation of the African great apes: Club Ebobo and Club P.A.N.)

English Abstract
In this article we will present two long term environmental education projects which aim to raise awareness about the protection of great apes and their tropical rainforest habitat. Club Ebobo is based around the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo and Club P.A.N. around the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast. In both projects, children learn about the importance of the conservation of their regional ecosystems and the protection of the endangered great apes living close to them – the west African chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) in Ivory Coast, and the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) in the Republic of Congo. Both projects take place in villages close to the named national parks and are conducted with the help of regional coordinators and teachers. The projects are well accepted in the region and are a part of the conservation efforts conducted for the conservation of great apes. We summarize the success and challenges that we encountered with both nature clubs and make some recommendations on how to improve environmental education.

The entire article in french can be found here

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Great News! All 10 Club P.A.N. lessons now available for FREE download


Since the inception of Club P.A.N., we have been using a set of ten conservation education lessons developped and designed by the Primate Conservation Group of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, two professional illustrators and a book editor. These lessons can now be downloaded for free! All pictures and texts were developed by the above mentioned, who are owners of the copyrights and credits. You are welcome to freely use these materials for non-commercial activities under the condition that the original content and aims are respected and the logo and names of the above mentioned are highlighted.
The lessons are in French. Each lesson is approximately 20 pages long and includes the theoretical background and facts about the topic. Each lesson is filled with a large variety of teaching tools and activities including comic strips, songs, games, quizzes, mazes, spot-the-difference pictures, experiments and suggestions for nature walks.

The lesson topics are: 

 All lessons can also be downloaded from the WCF website

Monday, October 12, 2009

Leipzig International School Visits the MPI-EVA to learn about the WCF, conservation & Club P.A.N.

On Monday, September 21st, the 7th graders from the Leipzig International School visited the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology to learn about the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, Club. P.A.N. & conservation. Read about there visit by clicking here.

Slideshow: Images from Club P.A.N.'s 2008-2009 school year



The 2008-2009 Club P.A.N. school year awas a huge success, and we have compiled some images from the various schools into the slideshow above, enjoy!

The evaluation results from the first and second school year showed that the participating children's knowledge of environmental issues increased by 50%. This included information on the local flora and fauna, but also about biological facts and global environmental issues. Furthermore, the evaluation results of the second school year showed that the children changed their attitudes concerning the consumption of bushmeat. Prior to attending Club P.A.N. only 46% of children had negative feelings towards consuming bushmeat but after the lessons over 66% of participants felt that way (an increase of 20%).
Of the 763 children of both school years that were asked whether or not they enjoyed participating in Club P.A.N., 753 children (99%) answered that they “greatly enjoyed” Club P.A.N.. The remaining 10 children (1%) said that they did not like participating in the Club.
Of the 753 children of both school years that were asked whether they would like to participate in a nature club again in the following year, 94% answered “yes”. Thus, pupils not only learnt about biology and conservation but they also enjoyed doing so and would like to continue to do so in the year to come.
Using these evaluation results, we show that Club P.A.N. was able to increase the knowledge of the children and to change attitudes concerning the consumption of bushmeat and we were able to create a fun and dynamic learning environment that the children enjoyed and that they hope to continue with in the year to come.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

New Club P.A.N. videos!



Adrian Melnyk of Schumachermeister productions has created a new Club P.A.N. video in English, French and German to showcase the program, its particpants and nature conservation around Tai National Park in Cote d'Ivoire!

please visit schumachermeister.com to watch!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Club P.A.N. is supported by Spreadshirt

Spreadshirt has been supporting Club P.A.N. with discounted T-shirts for the students, teachers and supporters of Club P.A.N. since 2007. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Spreadshirt for their continued support!

If you would like to order a Club P.A.N. t-shirt, please contact Julia Riedel at riedel"at"eva.mpg.de

Thursday, April 9, 2009

US Fish & WIldlife Great Ape Conservation Fund Grant for the WCF and Club P.A.N.!

Club P.A.N. has been awarded a $52,749 (USD) grant from US Fish and Wildlife to run Club P.A.N. in 2009-2010 and undertake a bushmeat market survey to evaluate the impacts of the Club on poaching around Tai National Park.
We are extremely excited about this development and look forward to a fun and rewarding school year!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Schulzentrum Friesgasse students & teachers support Club P.A.N.!



From the 18-20th March 2009, two members of the conservation group of the MPI-EVA, Caroline Deimel & Julia Riedel, visited the Schulzentrum Friesgasse school in Vienna, Austria. In collaboration with the biology teachers of the school, Caro and Julia presented Club P.A.N.'s activities to the students and fund raised for the 2008-2009 school year of the club.

In total, 17 classes (1A/B/C/D, 2A/B/C, 3A/B/C, 4A/B/C, 5A/B & 8A/B) participated and took park in a variety of activities: All classes listened to a one hour presentation on wild chimpanzees, threats to African apes and conservation.

Class 4A had a full day project and made posters depicting the 3 African great ape species and the rainforest for display in their biology class room. Students from the class also wrote letters to the Ivorian students of Club P.A.N. and will now be taking part in a letter exchange with the Club P.A.N. schools. Class 4A was also treated to a two hour cooking session in the school's kitchen where Caro & Julia cooked African food (yam, plantains, sweet potatoes with peanut and pumpkinseed-sauce) for the students.


Class 4A from the Schulzentrum Friesgasse school in Vienna, Austria

Each child contributed 2 Euros to the Club PAN project, which translates into a t-shirt for one Ivorian pupil each. All together, the pupils donated 880 Euros. The organizing teacher, Mag. Karin Kneringer-Kwapil and her husband Clemens topped up the sum to 1000 euros!!! The headmaster of the school, Sister Beatrix, donated another 100 Euros to Club P.A.N. summimg to a total of 1100 Euros!

We would like to thank the Schulzentrum Friesgasse students and teachers for a great day and their very generous contributions to Club P.A.N.! Herzlich Dank an alle & Merci a tous!

Mag. Karin Kneringer-Kwapil

Students making the rainforest poster

Students in front of their chimpanzee poster

Students making the gorilla poster

Students making the bonobo poster

More funding for the 2008-2009 club P.A.N. school year!

The Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven has generously donated 1000€ to support Club P.A.N.'s activities this year. The WCF, Conservation Group of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and all the members of Club P.A.N. are thrilled to include the Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven amongst its supporters this year!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Funding for 2009-2010 school year


Club P.A.N. has been awarded two grants for the 2009-2010 school year: $3054 (USD) from the Oregon Zoo and $5000 (USD) from the Columbus Zoo.
We are extremely excited about these developments and look forward to a fun and rewarding school year!

More support from the Brevard Zoo

The Brevard Zoo has generously donated a 2nd conservation education suitcase (valued at $900 (USD)) to Club P.A.N. for the 2008-2009 school year.
The suitcase contains puppets, maps, books and other teaching materials for the students and are used in every club P.A.N. lesson.