Sunday, April 20, 2008

The babies

A little update on the little ones, Osso, Maiko and Fizi.

They've finsihed their quarantine periode now and spend their days around the sanctuary and on little trips to our little forrest. They are still very young and the little space in the other chimp cages do that we won't introduce them to the others until we finish the new forrest enclosure. So they now form their own little group, that also Julius will join when he has finished his quarantine. But they are around the bigger ones and they can see and hear them.

They have all become very healthy and happy little chimps!

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Last night sadly another chimpanzee came to Lwiro. His name is Julius Kongolo and he is about one year old. We only had a few hours notice about his arrival, and it was the same lady who brought Fizi, that had found Julius with some poachers near Uvira in the village of Kongolo. She took him from them and brought him to us. Normally his name then would be Kongolo, but she wanted us to give him another name as she was scared the poachers would come looking for him... So now his daily name is Julius which is the name of a famous chimpanzee in Kristiansand Zoo in Norway, who has painted some lovely paintings that so far has brought over 10 000 USD to lwiro from sales. He is tiny, very skinny and was coughing constantly last night. He slept in my bed last night, and he woke up lots of times coughing. But this morning it has finally almost stopped, and he has eaten som cerelac and mango today and seems to be setteling in.


Sunday, April 13, 2008


Today Kanshi came to Lwiro. She is a four year old chimpanzee, who we've heard about for some time now. She lived in Goma in a flat with a french UN worker. Then he left for france, leaving her with his roommates! They heard about Lwiro through some other UN workers and contacted us. They said she had her own bed and went to the fridge to get coke when she wanted.. But to us it seems like she has spent a lot of time on her own and probably locked up in a room or cage. She is setteling in and Claud, one of our chimp keepers, will spend his time in the cage with her during her one month quarantine.

Saturday, April 5, 2008


Today a new monkey arrived at Lwiro. He is a mitis, blue monkey, and his name is Lulingu after the village he was confiscated in by the ICCN. He is very skinny, has a bad cut on his tail and had the usual cord around his waist. He is quite small, probably around a year old. After being in his new little cage for a while, he started eating well. And he is very friendly and like being groomed. We plan to move him in the bigger cage with the other baby monkeys when he is well. So now we have 4 blue monkeys at Lwiro.