JGI Chimpanzee Blog
The dense forest of Tchindzoulou Island is now home to 14 chimpanzees transferred from the original Tchimpounga sanctuary site over the last six months. Life has changed dramatically for these chimps. Today, they can roam freely, feeling the wet earth under their feet, smelling the scents from the lush vegetation, and listening to the island’s mysterious sounds while they explore their new surroundings.
Motambo is adjusting nicely to his new life at Tchimpounga. He has fully recovered from his tetanus infection, and his significant wounds have healed. A few small marks on his skin are the only reminders of the terrible trauma he suffered at the hands of poachers.
Here's the latest contender for the Chimpanzee Photo of the Week Caption This! game. Using the comment box beneath the photo, submit your caption! The JGI team will pick the top three, and our community will vote on the top one for this week. There are no prizes or winners, just good old plain fun!
Please note that the comments are moderated and will appear as soon as someone from the JGI team has a chance to approve them.
On October 10, 2012, this year’s seventh orphan arrived on Tchimpounga’s doorstep. Like Mambou, this young five-year-old male chimpanzee was suffering from a very serious medical condition. He also had terrible wounds on his left wrist and waist, had a fractured collarbone, and was missing several teeth in his upper jaw.
Update: November 26, 2012 - Here's the winning caption," For Heaven's sake, Prudence, put the camera down and come eat." In reality these are a group of chimpanzees enjoying eggplant for lunch at JGI's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo.
Kudia was one of the first Tchimpounga chimpanzees to be transferred to Tchindzoulou Island. She received this special honor because of her independent and courageous nature, as well as her excellent health.