ABConservation was received for the second time by the ParcZoo du Reynou, on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th May 2018, for a very special occasion: a “safa run” which took place on Tuesday. The park, located 15 minutes from Limoges, is nestled in a 45-hectare forest and is home to more than 130 animal species, including two binturongs. The “safa run” is an obstacle race involving mud, rivers, and lots of fun! The event was a true success: more than 500 participants signed up for the run and part of the profits was donated to ABConservation.
Our stand was set up right across the binturong enclosure so we were able to observe Jun, a 3-year-old female and Kwaï, a male turning 7 soon (his birthday is in June), during this two-day outreach event. The couple seems to get along well, as we saw them sleeping side by side, but when food is at stake, it’s every man for himself. In any case, Jun appears to have adapted well since our last visit 2 years ago. The keepers even saw them mating, and everyone is hoping for the arrival of cubs soon!
At our stand, children and adults could enjoy coloring sheets, face painting, crafting of enrichment items for binturongs (mainly aimed at children, we have to admit) as well as palm oil-free spread tasting, quizzes and a presentation of our projects. We met very interested and attentive visitors, often already aware of the threats faced by the binturong and its ecosystem, although most of them admitted not knowing much about this species. On the “safa run” day, all the athletes’ family members came to the park and many stopped by our stand to learn about the species they ran for. Luckily, we received support from keepers and a trainee that day!
Agathe, chief scientific officer, also had the chance to be interviewed by France 3 Limousin to promote the actions of ABConservation.
All this wouldn’t have been possible without all the highly motivated zoo keepers and trainees, Aude who helped with the organization of the day, Franck, veterinarian and zoological director, and Mr Nicolas Lefrère, executive director, who provided logistical support. We would therefore like to thank them sincerely. Lastly, many thanks to Mrs Bernadette Lefrère for her warm welcome and her involvement throughout the weekend!