Paint Party at Tchimpounga!

This week, caregivers at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo introduced the infant chimpanzee group to the world of art. The fruits of their enrichment activity: unique paintings for JGI-USA’s fall online benefit auction, which is currently underway. 

The staff’s attempt to get each chimp’s footprints on paper was quickly replaced with reckless abandon as the chimps grabbed paint, brushes, bowls, paper and sponges and did what they pleased with them…as usual! 

Alex, the newest arrival at the sanctuary, and wonderful Lemba, who is recovering from polio, were the only chimps who would cooperate with footprints.  The others simply had a paint party and created all kinds of havoc on paper and on everything and everyone else nearby. 

You can see the chimps’ paintings on JGI-USA’s fall online benefit auction site!  Be sure to check them out today.

Contributed by Jenny Desmond

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