Just like with people, you can gain insight into a chimpanzee’s mood or intentions by looking into his or her eyes. Lemba´s eyes are tender, warm and a little sad. This young chimpanzee’s face reflects the many tragedies she’s endured during her short life. First, she lost her mother who was shot by a poacher. Then, after coming to Tchimpounga, she contracted polio during a regional outbreak. As a result, her legs are paralyzed. Needless to say, these two events deeply impacted this charismatic chimpanzee.
Tchimpounga caregivers have taken significant steps to help Lemba recover physically and psychologically. Every day, she receives massages, medication, rehabilitation exercises like games with ropes, and lots and lots of love. Over time, Lemba has regained some mobility. Thanks to her new role as an older sister to the smaller chimpanzees Dunez and D’Joni, Lembas vitality and zest for life appear to be recovering as well.
For every "Chimpanzee" Blu-ray™ Combo Pack or HD Digital purchase made through August 27, 2012, Disneynature will donate to the Jane Goodall Institute through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect chimpanzees, including those residing at the Tchimpounga sanctuary. Learn more.