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.
Sep 6, 2013

Dorm project almost completed!

Dormitory in Kedougou, Senegal
Dormitory in Kedougou, Senegal

Great news from Kedougou, Senegal is that we are very close to completing the dormitory project that Neighbor Ape is helping fund in conjunction with the Bedik organization OBARAR. In addition to helping fund the dormitory - which also includes fencing the compound, building a kitchen and dining hall, building latrines, a well and housing for the house mother and house father - we are helping provide access to healthcare for Bedik children living in the dorm.

Bedik children living in rural areas are being given the opportunity to attend better schools in the regional town of Kedougou through the establishment of the OBARAR dormitory. Neighbor Ape has also been able to provide assistance to these schoolchildren via our healthcare project. We currently provide up to 75% of the costs of medical care for children whose parents are unable to assist them or in emergency cases where immediate care is necessary.  We also hope to help fund the construction of a small dispensary within the dormitory's compound.

The very generous donations of Dr. Harold Marder and Dr. Jewel Slesnick have made the dormitory project possible. Above is a photo of the dormitory site, and you can find a brief video clip of the dormitory site and the various buildings that have so far been constructed there.  In the video you can also see women pulling water from the dormitory well.

Everyone involved with Neighbor Ape and OBARAR is thrilled to see the project completed in time for the new schoolyear begin in October - look for photos and updates coming soon!

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Jul 8, 2013

Education and Chimpanzee Conservation in Senegal

Orphan chimp Toto take a trip to the "wild"
Orphan chimp Toto take a trip to the "wild"

The school year is winding down in Senegal, and all of our sponsored students did great! Katherine & Natalie are going to continue high school in Tambacounda, and Allamouta has 3 years left in high school in Kedougou.  Alex and Nadej are continuing elementary and middle school in Kedougou, respectively.  The big news is that Anna has finished her nursing degree! We wish her the best of luck in the future and will keep you updated on her career!

The dormitory we are helping build in Kedougou in conjunction with the OBRAR organization is moving along and should be ready for the next school year.  There are more Beudick children interested in attending than ever before.  One of the sleeping quarters is built, and the well is functional while lavatory facilities are underway.  Ultimately, there will be a boys' and a girl's sleeping quarters, sleeping quarters for the house mother or guardian, a kitchen/dining hall, and lavatory facilities in addition to a well.  

In chimpanzee news, orphan Toto is doing well and well ahead of his peers in terms of size! He is adept at climbing as well as walking, though a chimp his age wouldn't be walking as much as he does. He visited "the bush" just this morning and had a wonderful time - so much so that he took a 45-minute nap after lunch.  

We continue to fund eco-rangers at the sites of Angafou, Lande and Bandafassi. The mineral mining industry is currently the biggest threat to chimpanzees in Senegal both on a corporate and an artisanal scale. We are hoping to work with miners to ensure that the biodiversity of Senegal continues to thrive and to protect the relatively few chimpanzees that live in this northernmost country of the chimpanzee range. 

Nursing student Anna (2nd from L) & N.A. folks!
Nursing student Anna (2nd from L) & N.A. folks!

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Jul 5, 2013

Update on Orphan Chimpanzee Toto

Toto eats wild foods
Toto eats wild foods

Orphan chimpanzee Toto was rescued by Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project staff after his mother was found dead of a snakebite last November 2012. Toto was 2 months old at the time and would be dependent on his mother for several more years, minimally.  None of the other chimpanzees of the Fongoli group found Toto that day, and it is unlikely he would have been adopted by a female of the group, as all healthy females had infants of their own.  We are helping experts in the care of orphaned chimpanzees (specifically, the West African Chimpanzee Foundation) with the care of Toto and hope to provide him the best life possible given the tragic loss of his mother.  

Since Toto is so young, he must still be fed milk but is also eating fruits such as mango and banana.  Last week he was introduced to wild foods that are currently being eaten by members of the Fongoli group, in which he was born.  He immediately tasted the fruit and spit out both fruit skins and seeds, which is exactly how the Fongoli chimps eat these same fruits.  Toto is growing very rapidly given the healthcare he is being provided and he appears to be larger than wild chimpanzees of his natal group that are more than twice his age.  This bodes well for Toto's ultimate placement, whether that will be in the wild or with other chimpanzees in a different type of setting.

We are planning on taking Toto out to "the bush" soon (or "savanna school" as we call it), as we made similar trips with him during the dry season.  He is adept at climbing now and probably ahead of a chimpanzee his age in terms of walking independently.  He already appears to be interested in 'displaying', which in chimpanzees often includes dragging and throwing objects!

Project Toto has benefited greatly from the generous donations of people concerned with the welfare of him and his brethren in Senegal and across Africa.  Since it is possible that Toto may be in the care of humans for another year, we continue to raise money to cover the cost of full-time caretakers as well as food and medicine. Thanks to those who have made a difference for Toto!

Toto with (wild plant) food on his face!
Toto with (wild plant) food on his face!
Toto out in "the bush"
Toto out in "the bush"

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