New Arrival at Tchimpounga - Wonderful Willy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:00pm

Over the last several months the staff at Tchimpounga have been helping a new arrival, Willy, named after a very dedicated caregiver, get settled after being rescued. Like many of Tchimpounga’s new arrivals, Willy was confiscated from poachers by the Congolese authorities. He was confiscated in the Niari region, which lies north of Tchimpounga. Willy was being kept as a pet in a village called Titi.

After Willy was confiscated, he was transported to Pointe Noire by the authorities. The officials at the ministry then contacted Tchimpounga’s staff and asked them to bring him back to the sanctuary.

Willy arrived at Tchimpounga in a makeshift wooden transport crate. He was not moving very much, just tightly holding onto one of the slats on his makeshift box. Willy appeared to be depressed, afraid and hungry. Staff at Tchimpounga offered him water and some banana, which he consumed quickly.

Willy’s overall health appeared to be good — he had no injuries and his weight was within normal limits. He will undergo regular tests through his routine three month quarantine period. Christel is his main caregiver and will care for him around the clock, including at night. This will help Willy feel safe, since chimpanzee infants sleep with their mothers for the first several years of their lives.

So far with the care of Tchimpounga's staff, Willy is adjusting well. During the day he has access to a small garden where he can play and spend time away from the other chimpanzees. He has 24 hour care from the sanctuary staff during his quarantine period and following that will be introduced to a group of chimpanzees who are similar in age. 

Please note, Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute do not endorse handling or interfering with wild chimpanzees. The chimpanzees depicted in this media were rescued and now live and are cared for at the Jane Goodall Institute's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo. 

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