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.
As executive director of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)-Congo, Rebeca Atencia is responsible for daily management of the Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa, which is located within the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in the Republic of Congo. In addition, Rebeca coordinates the Institute’s support of the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve and oversees JGI’s community-centered conservation and education programs in the area.
"United Nations peacekeepers in Congo have used helicopters to airlift endangered baby gorillas to a sanctuary after they were rescued in a conflict zone where they faced being captured or eaten." The gorillas are part of a reintroduction effort. Read the full article in Reuters India.