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Apr 17, 2014

Mischievous Lemba Makes A Splash

The rainy season is here, and the weather at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo has become extremely hot and humid. At the sanctuary, chimpanzees and their human caregivers are always trying to find ways to escape the sweltering heat.

 One day Lemba, a chimpanzee who has taken on the role as “surrogate mother” to a number of infant chimpanzees at the sanctuary, had enough with the heat. After trying to cool off by hanging from a high tree branch, Lemba snuck away from the other chimpanzees and her caregivers.

Within her enclosure, walking around the food preparation building, she stopped near an outside water tap. Quietly, Lemba moved a nearby wheelbarrow so it sat under the tap’s spout, and turned on the water. Soon, Lemba was cooling off in her new pool! A few moments later, Zola, a young chimpanzee from Lemba’s group, came over to investigate and splash with Lemba.

 Alerted by the sound of splashing water, Lemba’s caregiver Angel soon discovered what Lemba was up to. Lemba tried to escape, but accidentally tipped the wheelbarrow over and soaked everyone!

Lemba is a very intelligent chimpanzee who keeps her caretakers on their toes, and we are sure that it won’t be long before she thinks of another unique way to stay cool in the coming weeks.

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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Jan 22, 2014

Tchimpounga's Amazing Baby Mandrills

Baby mandrill at Tchimpounga
Baby mandrill at Tchimpounga
A number of mandrillbabies recently joined the rest of the mandrill group at the Jane Goodall Institute's (JGI) Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary in the Republic of the Congo.
Three mandrill babies, Gaya, Mbote and Vue-de-loin, came to Tchimpounga after being rescued from the bushmeat market. The illegal commercial bushmeat trade is having a disastrous impact on a variety of animal populations in Africa. When poachers capture animals too young and small to fetch a big price for meat, they are often sold as exotic pets. 
The mandrill babies are doing very well under the expert watch of Tchimpounga's caregivers. They spend their days playing, eating, and getting into mischief. Soon, JGI hopes that these lively youngsters will be ready for release back into the forest along with a group of older mandrills also living at the sanctuary!
 
   

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