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Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education

by Neighbor Ape
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Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Conserving Senegal's Chimpanzees through Education
Fongoli chimpanzees Zoey, Luna and Matilda
Fongoli chimpanzees Zoey, Luna and Matilda

We are excited to embark on a new project at Neighbor Ape!

We are planning on funding a number of Master's students for work on wildlife in Senegal, in conjunction with the Department of Water, Soils and Forestry and the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal.

Agents of the Forestry Department will be able to conduct their Master's thesis research at Fongoli, studying chimpanzees or other wildlife.

We hope that providing this higher education opportunity will further the cause of chimpanzee conservation in Senegal as well as adding to the experience and expertise of the Senegal authorities that we work with. 

We are in the process of designing our project right now, and we will provide updates here! 

This project will be an important part of the difference educational opportunities that Neighbor Ape has provided for students in Senegal.

Our dormitory project, in conjunction with the OBARAR organization in Kedougou, continues to operate successfully in providing rural village children the opportunity to attend better schools in town. 

We continue to fund between three and six students at various levels of school each year in the Kedougou area as well.

Our education projects are integral to our efforts to conserve chimpanzees in the Kedougou region and to provide for the wellbeing of the people that live alongside them. 

Only with the collaboration of national and local Senegalese groups and individuals can we hope to save the great apes that live at the edges of their species range in Africa.

Thank you! 

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Former Fongoli alpha male David (pic courtesy BBC)
Former Fongoli alpha male David (pic courtesy BBC)

We are excited to report that we have a new grant to study the microbiome of the Fongoli chimpanzees, funded by Texas State University!

In collaboration with primatologists at Texas State and the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, the Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project will begin a baseline study of how a savanna environment as well as the influence of gold mining in the area effects these apes’ health and well-being. 

We continue to work with the local communities, to fund Senegalese students and provide healthcare assistance to people around Fongoli. Working to improve the health of humans that share their space with the Fongoli chimps in turn helps improve these apes’ survival as well. 

The assistance of donors like yourselves makes our work possible, so thank you once again! 

- the Fongoli team 

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Alpha male David being very relaxed!
Alpha male David being very relaxed!

Greetings!

There is a lot of activity in Senegal - as the gold mining continues, the population of humans in southeastern Senegal continues to rise, putting chimpanzees in danger in many areas. Similarly, local people face shortages and perhaps some of the same longterm challenges as wildlife does in this area - water scarcity, increase in disease threats and others.

Neighbor Ape is devoted to improving the wellbeing of humans that live in the Fongoli area while protecting the chimpanzee population here. We continue to work specifically with the villages of Fongoli, Petit Oubadji, Djendji and Thiobo. We are also planning on focusing our efforts in the Tomboronkoto Commune, where Fongoli chimpanzees spend some of their time. The majority of the Fongoli chimpanzee range is in the Bandafassi Commune, but wildlife and people in this area face challenges that come with a burgeoning human population. 

We are fortunate that the Fongoli chimpanzees received some attention via the BBC documentary, Dynasties. Alpha male David was the star of the Chimpanzee episode, and you can find videos and other information here: 

Chimpanzee episode of Dynasties

We continue to work with the Senegalese organization OBARAR to fund village children's dormitory stays in Kedougou so that they might receive a better education. We also continue to fund education and health-related projects in the village of Djendji. 

As we broaden our perspective on chimpanzee conservation and human development in Senegal, we hope that you will keep up with us and continue your valued support!

Please stay tuned for news related to our ventures!

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School supplies for Djendji village
School supplies for Djendji village
We are wrapping up another successful year of funding education projects at Neighbor Ape! In addition to funding school children in Kedougou, we continue to fund young women in college in Dakar (see our project called, 'Send a Senegalese Woman to Business School'). We continue to provide school supplies for the largest village in the Fongoli chimpanzee range (Djendji), which is also the traditional seat of power in the area. This year, we also contributed a solar system setup to Djendji's new healthcare dispensary (see our project specific to village healthcare). We are happy to announce that we plan on expanding our assistance to the OBARAR (Senegalese non-profit based in Kedougou and associated with the Beudick people) school dormitory, which allows village children to live in Kedougou, the regional capital, and to attend better schools than they have the opportunity to attend in rural areas. Children living at the dormitory include those from the Beudick village of Thiobo, but we also specifically seek to assist children from other areas that have lost one or both parents and are subsequently in need of assistance. The OBARAR dormitory provides a safe living space as well as 3 square meals a day and space to study as well. All of our accomplishments are due to donors like yourselves. They may be relatively small projects, but they definitely make a big difference to people living in and around the Kedougou Region of Senegal. Thank you again for your generosity! Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Mboule & family (photo courtesy Heather Labbe)
Mboule & family (photo courtesy Heather Labbe)

In case you have not noticed, we increased our funding goal for this project, and I wanted to thank you for all your generosity in helping successfully raise funds that help conserve chimpanzees in Senegal and also contribute to the education and wellbeing of people that live alongside the Fongoli chimps.

I thought I would provide you access to something I recently wrote about someone in Fongoli that really was instrumental to the success of the chimpanzee research project and to the success of Neighbor Ape activities. This summer we lost Mboule Camara, the first field assistant at Fongoli, chief of our small village and native Fongolian. I wrote a personal account of some of my relationship with Mboule and what he meant to the Fongoli project, and I hope you'll read it here:

http://savannachimp.blogspot.com/

In reflecting on Mboule's life as I knew it, I felt as if it were also appropriate to write something about him and the kind of person he was in an update to this project. Mboule exemplifies the friendly and generous nature of almost everyone I have met in rural southeastern Senegal. I could truly not do what I do in terms of chimpanzee research without their aid, and the projects that Neighbor Ape has been able to do in the area in part helps repay such kindness but also is impossible without a community effort. Our relationship also goes such a long way to conserve the biodiversity of the area, and I believe that we have had a good impact on the welfare of girls' education as well.

Thank you again for your generosity!

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