EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Roloway monkey

(Cercopithecus roloway )

 Brice Lefaux
Institution:   Parc zoologique et botanique de Mulhouse

EAZA Member Area

Mulhouse logo

IUCN Red List status


IUCN Red List CR


Programme roles

Direct Conservation icon  Insurance
The EEP population of Roloway monkeys will be managed as a genetically healthy and demographic stable population that can be a source of restoration for the in-situ population if needed through reintroduction.

 Conservation education
The species is one of the most endangered primate species in Africa. It is symbolic of the impact of community conservation programmes on species conservation. This powerful conservation story is an excellent educational message for visitors.
Indirect Conservation icon  Ex situ training and sharing of expertise (in and outside range)
Expertise gathered outside range countries will be shared with institutions in range to support them in managing the captive population held in there.

 Research (outside range) 
The EEP population can be used for research on topics such as vocalization, veterinary and reproductive physiology research that will benefit the in-situ population and also the population kept in range countries in zoological collections. 

The EEP will, together with WAPCA,  advocate to overcome the challenges currently being faced with the implementation of in situ conservation strategies. 

In order for WAPCA to implement the in-situ conservation strategies fundraising is needed from the EEP participants.  

Programme partners

Swiss Centre for Scientific research in Cote DIvore WAPCA




Programme numbers

In January 2024, the Roloway monkey EEP had 35 animals in 13 institutions.

Programme highlights

  • The EAZA Afro – Eurasian Monkey TAG has a very active Facebook page where they regularly publish new stories. 
  • West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) has a page about the primates they focus on.  WAPCA has a very active Facebook page where they regularly publish stories. 
  • In Zooquaria 109 (Autumn 2020) on page 16 there is an interview with the Afro – Eurasian Monkey TAG Chair about the plans for the species under its remit. 
  • EAZA published its 2021 Annual TAG Report

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