Neighbor Ape

Our organization strives to conserve the habitat of wild chimpanzees in southeastern Senegal, to protect the chimpanzees themselves, and to provide for the wellbeing of the Senegalese people who have traditionally lived in the area alongside these chimpanzees. Our goal is to promote sustainable conservation practices that take into account the needs of local humans, in part by providing assistance to the people of the various local villages in the region.
Jan 12, 2015

New Year Wishes from Senegal!

Sponsored student (Nadege) with parents
Sponsored student (Nadege) with parents

Celebrating the New Year is a big event in Senegal, and it looks like this year will be a great one for Neighbor Ape because of wonderful donors and the amazing people that we work with!

With the new dormitory up and running, Neighbor Ape is thinking about future projects - perhaps the dispensary in Djendji village can be established this year! But, we are also happy to say that we are supporting more students than ever - in various venues!

We support relatively few students, but we try to afford particular students some of the best opportunities available to them in terms of education. This year, we are supporting returning students in Kedougou public high school (Allamouta) and private schools (Nadege, Alex), a private Tambacounda boarding school for young women (Katherine, Natalie), and a Dakar elementary school (Phillipe). We are also supporting three students that live in Bandafassi village at the OBARAR dormitory that Neighbor Ape helped build so that they can live in Kedougou and attend school there.

Even though public school is technically free in Senegal, most students cannot afford school supplies or boarding if they live outside of towns like Kedougou, and schools in towns are significantly better in terms of the quality of education in most circumstances. Neighbor Ape helps offset costs for children attending public schools and helps pay school fees for students attending private schools. We've also visited these various schools and are happy to report that all of our students are often involved in working on homework at times when we've made home visits! (Though they might not be as happy about that!)

We would like to again thank all our donors and wish everyone the best for the New Year - we hope that 2015 will bring some exciting developments all around!

Jan 2, 2015

Happy New Year Update on Toto

Toto calendar
Toto calendar

Happy New Year greetings to all of our supporters! Toto is doing well & we are making plans for the next phase of his life. Now that Toto is over 2 years of age, he can survive on solid foods, and he is in desparate need of chimpanzee companionship. He spends most mornings out "en brousse" (out in the bush) so that he can use up a little of his amazing energy! 

We have always entertained the possibility that Toto might be returned to his natal group but given the influx of people mining for gold in the Fongoli area, the environment is too unstable for Toto. He has no reason to fear humans, and some of the gold miners come from countries where chimpanzees are not protected as they are in Senegal. If Toto were to encounter humans that wanted to capture or otherwise harm him, he is still too small to escape unaided. He would be in danger and would put the entire Fongoli chimpanzee group in danger. 

We are hoping to place Toto with other captive chimpanzees in Senegal, and this move will likely be this year. We will then work to raise funds to support Toto indefinitely. 

On the subject of fundraising, we are still selling 2015 calendars - on sale now for $10! You can find more information on our Neighbor Ape Facebook Page or send any inquiries to Neighbor Ape, 1216 Burnett, Ames, IA 50010.

Toto is rare form.
Toto is rare form.
Oct 27, 2014

Taking care of basic medical needs in Senegal

Djendji village elders (accepting school supplies)
Djendji village elders (accepting school supplies)

Neighbor Ape has continued to assist people living in villages adjacent to the Fongoli chimpanzees' home range as well as to students attending school in Kedougou that live in the OBARAR dormitory that we also helped fund. Most medical needs are fortunately minor, such as providing pain reliever and other typical medicine to people living in this area of rural Senegal. We may take for granted our easy access to such resources, but it is difficult for people living in rural areas to acquire even pain reliever without traveling for hours, and they usually forego medicine except in emergencies, as it is a "luxury" that is not affordable to most.

We are also excited to begin work in conjunction with Djendji village to establish a dispensary in this, the largest village within the Fongoli chimpanzees' home range. In addition to providing medicine and first aid supplies to the several hundred people living in Djendji, surrounding villages such as Fongoli, Petit Oubadji, Wakalare, and Djigibadala would have easier access to these resources. (The photo here is of the leader of Djendji village, accepting school supplies donated by Neighbor Ape).

With the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, including the neighboring country of Guinea, we are keen to be prepared to help as best as we can with any preventative measures. We have been given a sizeable donation of PPE (personal protection equipment), such as surgical masks, gowns, gloves and eye goggles by a generous donor. These will be taken to Senegal early in 2015 and donated to either a dispensary in a rural area, such as one at Thiobo village to the south of the Fongoli chimpanzees' home range, or to a small clinic in the town of Kedougou. 

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