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.
Jul 1, 2016

Toto is on his way to a sanctuary soon!

Wonderful news is that we've met our funding goal and Toto will very soon be headed to the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre sanctuary in Guinea! We plan on continuing support of Toto indefinitely and are arranging to have his main caretaker stay with him at the sanctuary from 3-6 months.

Needless to to say we could not have done this without the leadership of Janis Carter and the support of Friends of Animals after we rescued Toto in 2012. And Neighbor Ape's support of Toto would have been impossible without the generous donations of donors like yourself!

While we originally held out hope that Toto might be returned to his family group, given the changes associated with the gold rush and its associated influx of people as well as Toto's very large size for his age, the possibility of reuniting him with the Fongoli chimpanzees was rejected as being too risky.

We are very hopeful that Toto will fit in wonderfully at the CCC, and we will provide updates on social media as we receive them. Of course we all think Toto will be alpha male one day!

Apr 18, 2016

Update on Fongoli chimps

Fongoli chimpanzee
Fongoli chimpanzee 'Mike'

Neighbor Ape continues to support a number of children by helping pay for their school fees and/or their school books and other supplies. The school year in Senegal ends in June, just in time for farming season, so students have a few more months to go. 

Today, I wanted to give you an update on the Fongoli chimps, as they are the reason we came to Senegal, and Neighbor Ape's programs work toward a goal of conserving chimps in conjunction with providing for the welfare of the people they live alongside in Senegal.

Mining for gold continues in Senegal, and corporate-level mining is scheduled to increase. Artisinal level mining is more of an urgent concern for the chimpanzees in this country, however, including the Fongoli chimpanzees. This is where individuals dig for gold by hand or with small machinery. In addition to habitat disturbance, the influx of thousands of people from neighboring countries increases the risk of disease transmission between humans and chimpanzees, and some miners use mercury to process gold-bearing soils, which is a health risk for humans and chimpanzees alike. 

Iowa State University students (Kelly Boyer-Ontl) and former students (Dr. Stacy Lindshield & Dr. Todd Ontl) are currently working on research to investigate the contamination levels of soils and water in the Fongoli area as well as other locales in Senegal where chimpanzees reside. Kelly is also researching the effects that the artisinal mines in the Fongoli chimps' home range have had on their movement and other activity patterns over the past decade. With these findings, primatologists can work with conservations NGOs, including Neighbor Ape, and governmental agencies in Senegal to better protect chimpanzees in this country. 

Jan 4, 2016

Happy New Year from Project Toto

Toto & his "dad" Ousmane
Toto & his "dad" Ousmane

Happy New Year to our generous donors! Toto is continuing to do well, and we hope he will be moving soon to a facility where he is able to live with other chimpanzees. 

Toto is still very large for his age (at 3 years, he is larger than 6-year old wild Fongoli chimpanzee Cy!), but he is a very adept climber. He spends every day out in the bush and is familiar with many of the wild foods available to chimps in this region of Senegal as well as some of the dangers - he alerted his caretakers to the presence of a snake, and they swiftly left the area (with Toto, of course!).

Although we are disapointed that Toto is unable to join his wild family, we are doing our best to make sure he will be placed in an excellent sanctuary where he can live in a semi-wild state with other chimpanzees. We all think he will eventually be the alpha male of his group given his confidence and outgoing personality. 

We plan to continue our support of Toto when he has moved on to another facility, and this support is not possible without the aid we have received from donors like you. 

From all of us at Neighbor Ape and on behalf of orphan Toto, have a wonderful 2016!

Project Leader Jill Pruetz with Toto
Project Leader Jill Pruetz with Toto
Orphan chimp Toto at 3 years of age
Orphan chimp Toto at 3 years of age
 

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