Due to the massive success of Club P.A.N.'s first year, the club will be continuing on in the 2008-2009 school year.
the Conservation Group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Department of Primatology is currently looking for funding for the second year of Club P.A.N.'s activities and is happy to report that $2,500 (USD) from the Minnesota Zoo's Ulysses S. Seal Conservation Grant Program and $4,220 (USD) from the Amersfoort Zoo's Jellow Wildlife Fund has already been awarded to the club. Several other grants have been submitted and we are still in need of much funding to assure that all operations run smoothly in 2008-2009, if you are interested in funding club P.A.N., please contact Julia Riedel (riedel @ eva.mpg.de) or Hedwige Boesch (hboesch @ eva.mpg.de).
The Conservation Group is made up entirely of graduate students from the department who want to participate in conservation activities in addition to their doctoral studies.
The current members of Club P.A.N. are:
Caroline Deimel, Cristina Gomes, Geneviève Campbell, Grit Schubert, Julia Riedel, Laura Muniz, Mimi Arandjelovic, Sandra Tranquilli, Thomas Breuer, Yasmin Moebius & Claudia Borchers.
from left to right:Mimi, Genevieve, Cristina, Julia, Laura, Yasmin, Caroline, Grit, Thomas, Sandra & Claudia (front and center: Ursus & Ronja)
To read up on how Club P.A.N. got started visit our earlier post on the conservation group or visit club P.A.N. on the WCF webapge
The WCF provides the infrastructure and capacity for the Conservation Group to carry out Club P.A.N. in Ivory Coast. Dr. Ilka Herbinger of the WCF, Ivory Coast will continue to run and organize the logistics for the project in country. Guilahoux Hilaire (Coordonnateur Général CPE) and Ouattara Dabila (Coordonnateur CPE-IEP, Soubré) will also continue to run the day-to-day operations of Club P.A.N. in 2008-2009 and travel between all the villages and classes where the club is held. Without their dedication and support the program would never have attained the success that it has so far.
We look forward to a productive, enlightening and fun 2008!