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The Long Road to Chimpanzee Rehabilitation

As our 4WD trudges along the last stretch of road into the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre, one hour north of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo (Congo), it is the sound of hooting chimpanzees that first announces our arrival. The centre is situated on a hilltop, overlooking a patchwork of forest and swampy plains, just a few kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean. As with most visitors to the sanctuary, it took me a couple of weeks to begin to understand the complexity and dedication required to care for and rehabilitate chimpanzees.

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A New Baby for Glitter

During Glitter’s first week with her new baby (born May 30, 2012), she was quite elusive, hiding with her newborn and avoiding encounters with other chimps, particularly her mother, Gremlin.  It normally takes time before a female chimpanzee fully introduces her baby into community life.  Glitter, however, was nervous and unwilling to trust other chimps, seemingly an effect of having lost her first baby to her mother.  Now that she is getting more comfortable with her mother and the other chimps, we have been enjoying the newest addition to the G-Family.  The baby

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Foraging Frodo

JGI’s Deus Mjungu reports on the Gombe chimpanzees’ latest adventures.

The chimpanzee diet includes a great deal of fruit. For the past two months, however, the fruit supply in the Kasekela chimpanzees' range has been far from plentiful. As a result, the chimpanzees are traveling in small groups or on their own to minimize competition for food.

A New Arrival at Tchimpounga

At the end of April, Tchimpounga staff members welcomed a new arrival:  a baby girl named Anzac.  She was named Anzac because she came to the sanctuary on ANZAC Day (April 25, 2012)*, and because, like many war veterans, she had lost an arm.

When she arrived, Anzac was so small that the vet team had to weigh her using a food scale.  She weighed a mere 2.7 kilograms, making her one of the smallest chimps to arrive at the sanctuary.

Anzac being weighed

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Mischievous Lemba

Lemba likes to play with her caregivers' shoes. The caregivers at Tchimpounga are very patient and allow the small chimpanzee to nip, hit and hide their sandals.

Mbebo and La Vieille

Mbebo now lives in La Vieille's enclosure.  La Vieille is the nearly 50-year-old female chimpanzee who acts as an adoptive mother to many o f Tchimpounga’s young chimpanzees.  In the enclosure, Mbebo plays with Leki, Makasi, Alex, Ollombo, Mbebo and Mambou. 

Throughout the day, the chimps run and jump without stopping.  On many occasions, they play around La Vieille.  The only time La Vieille can get some rest is during lunchtime when the little chimps sit quietly and eat.

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