Recently, we moved six-year-old Anita and five-year-old Selma, along with two other juveniles, to be integrated with a group of adult chimpanzees in a large enclosure complex that includes twenty acres of forest. Initially, caregivers carried Anita and Selma to the new enclosure in their arms, but the two young females weren’t convinced the move was a good idea. When they jumped down and traveled a half-kilometer back to their smaller enclosure, we had to bring out the transport cage. Fortunately, they soon became fascinated by the older chimpanzees in the larger group. Although the integration process will take many weeks, they are already forming bonds with several of the adult females. Pictured carrying Anita and Selma are: (clockwise from front right) Dr. Susan Donohue, caregiver Gomdong Julien, veterinary technician Nicholas Banadzem, maintenance worker Bipan Martin.
This past weekend IDA-Africa founder/director/veterinarian Sheri Speede was among the speakers at the International Primate Protection League conference in Summerville, South Carolina. Speakers included inspiring women and men from around the world, including IPPL's own Dr. Shirley McGreal. Congratulations to IPPL for pulling off another wonderful conference!
We’re so pleased that talented American veterinarian Dr. Susan Donohue has become a part of our volunteer team at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. Although she usually works with our chimpanzees in the forest, last week Susan set up a surgical unit for cats in the kitchen of the office/apartment we share with Ape Action Africa in the city of Yaoundé. Working with Ape Action Africa veterinary technician Babila Tafon and our Sanaga-Yong Center manager Agnes Souchal, Susan has been trapping, neutering and releasing semi-domesticated and feral cats from a colony living nearby. Thank you Susan for helping cats as well as chimps!
Margot (left) and Selma are two of four juveniles we moved over to Bikol’s group of 23, mostly adult, chimpanzees last week.
In February 2011, Cameroon authorities confiscated then one-year-old Margot soon after a hunter had killed her mother and and left her with a gunshot wound to the face. Margot’s painful injuries included a badly fractured jaw and a gaping ½-inch hole in the roof of her mouth, but with medical care at our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, she soon recovered and made good friends with slightly older juveniles Selma and Anita. Kanoa joined them in 2012.
Until last week the four were spending their days playing in the forest under the watchful eyes of their caregivers. Now they will face a challenging few months in a large cage chamber as we try to integrate them with the large group of older chimpanzees. We’ll proceed slowly and as safely as possible, but adult female Manni is already enjoying time inside with the “kids.” If the integration is successful, Margot and her friends will eventually join the big group in a 20-acre tract of forest, and the lives of all involved chimpanzees will be richer as a result.
We’ll keep you posted!
Photo courtesy of Jacques Gillon
During the last week, sweet elder female Bouboule has been very sick with what may be the same intestinal infection that nearly killed Jacky in January. We have been very worried, but today, she seems to have turned a corner. She drank and ate well this evening.
Bouboule spent nearly three decades in a small cage at the zoo in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Finally, in 2003, with the help of our friends at Ape Action Africa we were able to bring her to Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. Here, in a five-acre forested enclosure Bouboule soon adopted not just one, but four juveniles, who have maintained close ties with her as they’ve matured into young adults. Occasionally, if they ask, she still shares her food with Aaron, Boumba, Jessica and Karmal.
Photo courtesy of Agnes Souchal.
In 2001, IDA-Africa rescued then one-year-old Simon soon after a poacher killed his mother. The loss of his mother was an irreparable tragedy for Simon. Among free-living chimpanzees maternal love and support are important not just for babies, but also for males and females as they mature through adolescence into adulthood. At our Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, we couldn't replace Simon's mother, but he has had the opportunity to grow up healthy, in natural habitat, among friends. Thousands of kind supporters have made it possible for him and many others. Thank you! Photo display courtesy of Jacques Gillon and Kimber Webb
Perrine Odier, our wonderfully dedicated partner, established LACSY (Les Amis des Chimpanzés de SANAGA-YONG) to advocate and fundraise for the Sanaga-Yong chimpanzees among french speakers. With its first online crowdfunding effort, LACSY has just raised 3000 euros that will go directly to Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center. THANK YOU Perrine, Alex Dupeyras, Jacques Gillon, Christine Desvignes, Agnes Souchal (our phenomenal manager) and everyone else contributing to LACSY's success!
Dr. Sheri Speede, IDA-Africa director/founder and author of Kindred Beings, will be a keynote Speaker at the International Primate Protection League (IPPL) conference in Summerville, SC, April 11-13.
IPPL and its founder/president Dr. Shirley McGreal have been fighting to protect the world's endangered primates for over forty years. Sheri is honored to be part of the conference. Please contact IPPL by message or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, for information about how to register.