D'Joni is Growing
D’Joni is growing rapidly. His arms and legs are now strong and robust, allowing him to feel more confident and secure, which will help him become independent. D’Joni is no longer a baby, but he still really likes bottles of milk each day. Early each morning, Tchimpounga caregivers heat the milk in a saucepan so the younger chimpanzees at the sanctuary can wake up to a comforting breakfast. Although the caregivers hold the milk bottles for the small chimpanzees, D’Joni prefers to hold the bottle himself to show that he is self-sufficient and very grown up.
D’Joni and all the other chimpanzees at Tchimpounga are fed a variety of the best fruits and vegetables available locally. Some are farmed and others are collected in the rainforest to introduce the chimpanzees to the wild foods they will need to look for and eat after their release. In addition, each day the chimpanzees at Tchimpounga receive delicious soy porridge and cooked rice. This diet provides all the nutrients the chimps need to grow up healthy and strong.