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.
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