Antonio is under the watchful eye of Noel, one of Tchimpounga’s dedicated caregivers. Noel and Antonio even sleep together because baby chimpanzees, like human infants, need the warmth and protection of an adult during the night.
In the morning, Noel comes out of his bedroom with Antonio firmly grasping the back of his shirt. Veterinarians, carpenters, electricians, caregivers, drivers and the JGI staff who are arriving for work all salute Antonio. Antonio returns the greeting with an odd-sounding noise: “Uh, Uh, Uh!”
Antonio enjoys spending time with Noel. Every day, the small chimpanzee discovers new things in the forest with the help of his human companion. This week, he discovered the root of a small shrub that wild chimpanzees regularly eat. Noel kicked off the soil and gave the root to Antonio to taste. He loved it!
Sometimes Antonio climbs to the top of the trees to observe what is happening around Tchimpounga, monitoring every movement and sound. This behavior is encouraged because it will be very useful when Antonio is reintroduced into the wild in the years to come. Antonio scans the landscape, concentrating on every detail. If things seem quiet, he climbs down to the ground and returns to the safety and security of Noel.
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JGI does not endorse handling or interfering with wild chimpanzees. The chimpanzees interacting with a caregiver in this image are orphaned and live at the Tchimpounga sanctuary.