Major Elephant Poacher Caught in Congo: Quick Action by Regional Conservation Partners Leads to Arrest
In the coming months, staff at the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) in the Republic of Congo will begin reintroducing a number of the sanctuary’s mandrills into Conkouati Douli National Park. The mandrill release, under the supervision of JGI Project Manager Miles Woodruff, entails a series of forest surveys to assess the park’s suitability for the animals.
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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.
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.
Thanks to generous donations, staff members at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga sanctuary are set to begin the process of releasing eight rehabilitated mandrills back into the wild. In the weeks to come, these eight mandrills will be able to call the Conkouati–Douli National Forest in the Republic of Congo home.
From left to right: Jeroen Haijtink (France), Fede Bogdanowicz (Spain), Lilian Pintea (USA), Diederik Visser (Netherlands) and Mary Humphrey (USA).
Note: This video includes graphic images.
Meet Motambo, the newest arrival at the Jane Goodall Institute's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo. When Motambo first arrived, it was clear from his symptoms that he had a severe case of tetanus, most likely from a laceration on his arm from a wire snare. With close medical attention and care from JGI's staff at Tchimpounga, Motambo is on the mend and healing.
Chimpanzees like Moboulou demonstrate many human-like behaviors. Like us, rules govern chimpanzee societies and there are standards that all individuals must respect and adhere to in order to maintain harmony and stability in the community. The first rule is that there is a single alpha male in each community who must be obeyed. Moboulou represents this social figure in his community and he plays the part very well. Moboulou is not overly violent or authoritarian. Instead, he uses his strong character and diplomacy to mitigate and resolve conflicts.