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Both thirteen years old, Robby and Berchi have grown up together at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center. Berchi is the only female in Kiki's group of five chimpanzees; we hope to integrate two other females with the group soon. For now though Berchi enjoys her days with Robby and the other boys, relaxing, playing and munching on wild fruit and foliage in their large natural forest enclosure. Robby and Berchi (left to right) – Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon.
Happy Birthday Berchi!
Est birth date April 2002
In the summer of 2003, Berchi was just over a year old when she was delivered to Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center by a Dutch expatriate who was working with a Catholic priest in Cameroon’s East Province. One of the priest’s parishioners had given him baby Berchi as a gift after a poacher killed her family. At Sanaga-Yong Center Berchi made fast friends with Robby, and the two are still close today.
At Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center we strive to provide social environments in which the chimpanzees will develop strong social skills and bonds. When smart and dominant 7-year-old Kenza seemed bored with her group of juveniles, we moved her to Ballas’ group of 6 adult chimpanzees. She has been with her new group since last summer. At the time of the move Kenza integrated smoothly and has continued to thrive as a favorite of males and females. Kenza with Karmal - Photo courtesy of Sean Brogan.
Happy Earth Day! We thank you for your compassion and dedication to protecting our beautiful planet and all of her amazing creatures! Photo courtesy of Carol Yarrow.
Cecile and Stan take pleasure and comfort in grooming one another. Just like people, chimpanzees enjoy kissing, embracing, touching, holding hands and grooming. Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon.
Sweet Kanoa has always had a close friend in baby Carla and now has found a loving mother figure in adult female Cecile. Cecile, almost 14 years old, has lived at Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center since she was an infant and has longed for a baby to nurture. Kanoa has embraced her as a mother! Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon.
Now 10 years old, Gremlin is considered an adolescent. He lives in Mintak's group with 15 other chimpanzees, and until recently he was low ranking and sometimes bullied. But now he’s asserting himself more often, displaying in the presence of older males and even intervening in conflict. Gremlin is still young, but he’s showing some leadership tendencies. Time will tell, but he just might lead the group one day. Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon.