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Mandrills: Releasing Some of Tchimpounga's Resident's Back in the Wild

Over the last several years, the team at the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) has taken great care to systematically search the wilds of the Republic of Congo (Congo) to locate the ideal habitat to safely release select TCRC primates. 
 
After conducting and assessing surveys in several locations in western Congo, the JGI team decided to do a more focused survey in the northern portion of Conkouati- Douli National Park.

Special Matching Campaign Helps Tchimpounga's 'Geniuses'

It’s common knowledge that chimpanzees are incredibly intelligent beings. But did you know that just like humans, some chimpanzees are especially smart, outshining their group-mates with their exceptionally high levels of intelligence?
 
Unfortunately, some of the uncommonly bright chimpanzees living at the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of Congo often have less freedom than the other chimpanzees.

Tchimpounga to Tchibebe: More Room to Roam for Sanctuary Chimpanzees

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is working diligently to complete construction on Tchibebe Island, one of the three islands in the Kouilou River that make up part of the expanded Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) in the Republic of Congo.

An Unexpected Guest: Seven-Foot Python Visits Chimpanzee Enclosure!

At the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo, our adult chimpanzees spend their days roaming around a wild forest patch, foraging for fruits, socializing, and swinging from the trees. We bring them in at night for their dinner and to inspect their health. It’s rare for their routine to change. Therefore, you can imagine our surprise when the head caregiver at the dormitories called Dr.

Getting Ready for Timi's Big Move

Group Three, at the Jane Goodall Institute's (JGI) Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabiliatation Center in the Republic of Congo where chimpanzee Timi lives, has been very quiet for the past few weeks.  Little does this small community know what awaits them.  At the moment, the JGI-Congo team is working diligently to get Group Three ready for transport to Tchibebe Island, Tchimpounga’s expanded sanctuary site.

Tchimpounga's Newest Mandrills!

The Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo is primarily for chimpanzees. But try telling that to our resident mandrills! In his most recent blog entry, JGI Mandrill Project Supervisor Miles Woodruff reports from Tchimpounga about the sanctuary's newest additions.
 
Great news from Tchimpounga! Three baby mandrills brought to the sanctuary passed their health checks and were moved to the main site!

Updates from the Islands

Tchindzoulou

The dense forest of Tchindzoulou Island is now home to 14 chimpanzees transferred from the original Tchimpounga sanctuary site over the last six months.  Life has changed dramatically for these chimps.  Today, they can roam freely, feeling the wet earth under their feet, smelling the scents from the lush vegetation, and listening to the island’s mysterious sounds while they explore their new surroundings.

Motambo the Miracle: An Update

Motambo is adjusting nicely to his new life at Tchimpounga.  He has fully recovered from his tetanus infection, and his significant wounds have healed.  A few small marks on his skin are the only reminders of the terrible trauma he suffered at the hands of poachers.

Motambo with Makassi  and La Vieille

Chimpanzee Photo of the Week: November 26, 2012

Here's the latest contender for the Chimpanzee Photo of the Week Caption This! game. Using the comment box beneath the photo, submit your caption! The JGI team will pick the top three, and our community will vote on the top one for this week. There are no prizes or winners, just good old plain fun! 

 

Please note that the comments are moderated and will appear as soon as someone from the JGI team has a chance to approve them. 

 

Motambo the Miracle

On October 10, 2012, this year’s seventh orphan arrived on Tchimpounga’s doorstep.  Like Mambou, this young five-year-old male chimpanzee was suffering from a very serious medical condition.  He also had terrible wounds on his left wrist and waist, had a fractured collarbone, and was missing several teeth in his upper jaw.

Motambo the Miracle

Chimpanzee Photo of the Week: November 19, 2012

Update: November 26, 2012 - Here's the winning caption," For Heaven's sake, Prudence, put the camera down and come eat." In reality these are a group of chimpanzees enjoying eggplant for lunch at JGI's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo. 

 

Meet Kudia

Kudia was one of the first Tchimpounga chimpanzees to be transferred to Tchindzoulou Island.  She received this special honor because of her independent and courageous nature, as well as her excellent health.

Kudia

Chimpanzee Photo of the Week: November 12, 2012

With the Chimpanzee Photo of the Week we're now playing Caption This! Think of a good caption for this photo and submit it using the comment box below. Next week  we'll share more info about these two chimpanzees and select our favorite caption.

 

 

First Group of Chimpanzees Released on Tchindzoulou Island

It’s been 20 years since the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) opened in the Republic of Congo.  Dr. Jane Goodall founded the sanctuary to provide care and hope to the chimpanzee victims of the illegal commercial bushmeat and pet trades.  Today, many of the chimpanzee residents are adults who need to explore and expand their horizons beyond the boundaries of the existing facility.  Recognizing this need, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) put a great deal of effort into creating a more natural environment for the Tchimpounga chimpanzees.

JGI team bring the box with Kudia to the island
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