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Stichting The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation is a recognized philanthropic non-profit foundation. To enable you to review our compliance documentation regarding this status as a Public Benefit Organization (Dutch: Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling) we have compiled the following overview of information, in accordance to current (as of January 2014) Dutch tax regulations.
Stichting The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation
RSIN number / Chamber of Commerce number:
RSIN / fiscal number: 8118.64.340
Chamber of Commerce number: Rotterdam 24325591
Stichting The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation (TWWF) was established in 2001 to help save some of the world’s animal species that are the most threatened with extinction. The Foundation's major (but not exclusive) concern is the fate of the primates, our nearest cousins in the animal world.Our mission:
Most of the threats to such species are the result of the actions of human beings, such as the destroying of their natural habitat. The human population of the world is still growing fast, and people cut down forests to clear land for crops, for building homes or for the timber. In such places TWWF works to relocate animals where they can live in peace and tries to persuade authorities to farm or build on land that is not essential for wildlife. People poach animals, even threatened species such as the chimpanzee, the gorilla and the African forest elephant, to sell the meat for human consumption. TWWF tries to find alternative ways for these farmers-turned-hunters to earn a living, for example by helping them to find suitable crops to grow and sell for cash. In some countries animals die from neglect or from ignorance. TWWF helps by establishing new management teams, financing training programs and building sanctuaries for wildlife conservation projects.
Why the Boyoma chimpanzee sanctuary?
Our first project was designed to help the rare African forest elephant survive the threats of bushmeat and ivory hunting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Mbala project (as we called it) hinged on dissuading local farmers from killing elephants for money by guaranteeing them a good price for the coffee they grew. Sadly, as a result of a sudden gold-rush in the Bili area where we were operating, the farmers abandoned their trees to dig for gold and we had to end the project.
However, the four years experience we had obtained whilst working for wildlife protection there, gave us a unique understanding of the current threat to the chimpanzee population in the DRC, and this gave rise to our major project, the Boyoma Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
The threat to the chimps, comes, as in the rest of Africa, partly from de-forestation but more dramatically in the DRC by the very growth of diamond and gold mining (much of it illegal) that had caused us to curtail our Mbala project.
This 'gold-rush' has brought with it a considerable growth in the size of the local population and a consequent dramatic increase in the demand for food. Adult chimps are killed for their meat and their babies and infants are sold to the villagers as pets or left in the forest to fend for themselves. The commercial bushmeat trade (consisting mainly of chimpanzees) is particularly in evidence in the 12,000 km2 area of the northern DRC. Given that this region is home to about half the chimpanzees remaining in Africa we felt it to be crucial that it be accorded the highest conservation priority. Boyoma is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in this important area.
In conjunction with the relevant local, regional and national authorities we have, since 2008, been building Boyoma, a chimpanzee sanctuary with all the necessary infrastructure to provide the medical expertise, nursing care and feeding programs injured adult and orphaned infant chimpanzees need. See our 'Activity Report' for an up-to-date summary of our progress.
|Mr. H.A. (Hans) Wasmoeth||Chairman|
|Mrs. D.W.M.C. (Sophy) van Beest||Treasurer|
|Mr. V.G. (Victor) Minesi||Secretary|
|Drs. R.T.R (Robert) Hoppenreijs||Board Member|
None of the board members receive any remuneration for their services rendered to the Foundation.
Activities (Boyoma activities report for 2013)
Major activities during 2013 have been the construction of a port on the island in the river Congo, a 1.8 km long stretch of road on the sanctuary island (for which we have a 99-year lease from the DRC government) and the further development of our school in nearby Sinia.
First and foremost, the port on the island has finally been completed. This has enabled us to transport our JCB backhoe loader from the port we built on the bank at Sinia over the Congo river to the port on Boyoma island. The JCB is now being used to grade the road from the port to the future site of the lodges and restaurant which will be constructed to accommodate visitors to the island, be they 'eco-tourists' or technical/ staff/medical observers etc. The road itself, cut through the forest, is approximately 1.8 KM long and 12 meters wide.
At each side of this road the four main enclosures and night cages for our future orphaned chimpanzees will be built. Furthermore, the grading of the reception area and the education center has commenced and during 2014 the foundations for these buildings, as well as for the scientific center and the infirmary will be constructed. The majority of the 56 local workers we employ there will be involved in these island projects.
Our concessionaire, Boyoma Eco Lodges Sprl. will build, manage and operate eight Nature Lodges annex restaurant on the island and construction work on these also began in 2013. The lodges and restaurant are expected to be operational by the beginning of 2018.
In the primary school, LEcole Ecologique Boyoma', which we built for the children of the villagers living in the area, there are currently six teachers, providing four hours of education daily for some 213 pupils. We were delighted earlier in 2013 when our school was identified as 'one of the best schools in the Province LOriental'.
Another unexpected highlight of the year happened in May 2013 when a local resident, from Kisangani, dumped an (illegally poached) juvenile female chimp at the house of our construction manager, Pascal Bavo. We named her Isabelle. She is approximately two and a half years old and has the time of her life when the workers take her to work with them in the morning where she can roam around all day in the secondary rain forest that covers our island.