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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