Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Nunuse, new arrival


A baby Owl-faced monkey (Cercopithecus hamlyni) arrived to the sanctuary about 1 and a half months ago. Little Nunuse spent his month quarantine being cared for by the veterinarian. After this, we began to introduce him to a lone female. The introduction has gone well and he has spent three nights so far with the female.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


We would like to thank some people and companies for thier continual support. Thanks to DARCHE for again donating hammocks for the chimpanzees to sleep on! Thank- you to Sheila and Rhoan for coordinating this and assisting with funds. And thank-you to Jetta Exopress for once again donating the freight to send these items. You are all wonderful!

Anyone who would like to donate items or raise money to help there amazing animals can contact Andrea at Thanks for reading the blog!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Introductions of the Aketi 5, going well

Keeper Claud with the Goma group.

I have arrived in DRC after having been away for five months to find the sanctuary running very well, but practically overflowing. There are 42 chimpanzees and 50 monkeys in all. All of the animals are currently healthy, which is wonderful. More staff have been hired which brings the number of permanent Congolese staff to 24 people.

The new chimpanzees the Aketi5 has now finished their one month quarantine, and now Aketi and Mangue have been introduced to the nursery group and Kathé, Bolungwa and Django to the Goma group. The introductions are going very well. We have even seen some of the female members of the Goma group (such as Yonguesa and Felixta) attempt to take on the younger chimpanzees: Bolungwa and Django.

The Goma group have been moved to the large round cage that was built for the baboons. The baboons have been scattered around the sanctuary to assist this happening. It is a great space for the group, as there are now 16 individuals with the three new ones from Aketi.

The goma group is enjoying their new view!


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Old photo of Kalume


Kalume was the first chimpanzee to arrive in Lwiro. He had terrible injuries on his face after the poacher had hit him with a machete. Here is a photo of him when he arrived in Lwiro as a tiny baby.

Kalume as a baby arriving at the sanctuary.