D’Joni (pronounced “Johnny”) plays all day long with his friends Lemba and Dunez. There is a very close friendship between the three youngsters. When Dunez tries to bully D’Joni, Lemba acts like a protective mother. D’Joni is well aware of this, so he often provokes Dunez with a push and then runs to Lemba for safety.
Because young chimpanzees require special attention, the Tchimpounga caregivers built several playgrounds made up of ropes, timber and ladders in the sanctuary garden. The playground environment enables the chimpanzees to exercise their muscles and prepare themselves for future reintroduction into the Congolese forest.
Over the past few days, Wounda, an adult female recovering from a serious illness, has been recuperating at the playground. Sometimes Wounda attempts to steal food from D’Joni, but he runs away from her to protect his favorite fruits. When Wounda gets a little too rowdy, the caregivers try to placate her with a banana so that the babies can eat in peace. When the fruit is gone, Wounda and the three young chimpanzees forget their differences and return to playing and ticking each other until night falls.
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