Give Orphaned Chimpanzees More Room To Roam!

Jun 23, 2014

Kefan Moves to Island Sanctuary Site!

Kefan on Tchibebe Island
Kefan on Tchibebe Island

Kefan is a male chimpanzee who lives at JGI's Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of Congo. Recently, Kefan made an exciting move from the current, over-crowded santuary site to Tchibebe Island, one of three lush, forested island habitats JGI is readying for the transfer of over 100 chimpanzees.

Kefan is extremely gentle and calm, and it is these characteristics that made him an excellent candidate for release onto Tchibebe. Kefan is now able to roam the forest of Tchibebe with other chimpanzees, climbing trees and foraging for food in a completely safe environment.

The only individual who is not so happy about Kefan's move is Kefan's friend, Yoko. Yoko is a shy, low-ranking chimpanzee who frequently looks to his friend Kefan for protection when the other chimpanzees in their group got a bit too rambunctious. Generous Kefan would also often share food with Yoko. But now, with Yoko still living at the old sanctuary site, they are separated.

Happily, once Tchibebe is prepared for the release of more chimpanzees, Yoko will be reunited with his buddy Kefan once again. Please help us reunite these two friends by donating to this project today!

Apr 17, 2014

Why JGI's Island Expansion Project is So Important

Mambou's condition when he arrived at Tchimpounga

The Jane Goodall Institute's staff at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo is working tirelessly to finish the preparation of three pristine islands in the Kouilou River for the transfer of more than 100 chimpanzees currently living in crowded conditions at JGI's Tchimpounga sanctuary.

Giving these chimpanzees more room to roam is wonderful, but why is it so critically important that JGI move chimpanzees to these lush island sites? The answer to that question can be found in the story of Mambou, one of the chimpanzees waiting to be transferred to Tchimpounga’s new island sanctuary site.

Mambou arrived at Tchimpounga in 2009. When the staff at Tchimpounga first saw him as an infant chimpanzee, they were shocked by his condition. Mambou was emaciated, severely ill and in dire need of immediate intensive care. Too weak even to eat or drink on his own, Tchimpounga’s veterinary team had to feed little Mambou intravenously for three weeks.

Happily, Mambou has made an amazing recovery with the help of JGI’s caregivers and veterinarians. Now a strong, healthy chimpanzee who loves to play, Mambou has become one of the most popular chimpanzees in his group due to his charismatic and affectionate, loving personality. Once the islands are ready for his transfer, Mambou will soon be swinging through the canopy and playing with his friends in the forest.

Without Tchimpounga, this happy, playful chimpanzee would not have survived. This is why it is so important for us to finish the preparation of thse three island sanctuary sites. Not only will the chimpanzees who are transfered to the islands be able to live in a spacious, more natural environment, the expansion will ensure that Tchimpounga will always have room for rescued chimpanzes like Mambou.

Mambou now, happy and healthy
Mambou now, happy and healthy
Jan 23, 2014

Wounda's Amazing Journey

Incredible Wounda
Incredible Wounda

The chimpanzee Wounda came to the Tchimpounga Sanctuary malnourished, sick, and afraid. But thanks to the expert care provided at Tchimpounga, and generous donors like you, Wounda overcame significant adversity and illness and was recently relocated to Tchindzoulou Island, one of three islands that are part of the newly expanded sanctuary. Dr. Jane Goodall was on hand to witness Wounda's emotional release, and now you can too.

On Tchindzoulou Island, Wounda will be able to climb trees, forage for food, and play with her chimpanzee friends that have already made the island their new home.

To watch the amazing video of Wounda's release onto Tchindzoulou Island, please click on the link below. 


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