Friday, May 28, 2010

Fence photos!

Here are some photos of the progress of the fence from today, 23 posts of a total of 165 posts are now up. Some of the photos are taken from the top of the walkway and the research center, hence the nice aerial view!

The forest

The posts are coming along nicely

The workers

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The May Newsletter is online:

Please read our May Newsletter for an update on the last few month at the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro!

PICTURE: Kalume - the first animal to arrive at the CRPL!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

IPS Grant for CRPL!

Fantastic News! The International Primatological Society has awarded the CRPL a Captive Care Grant of $1500 to go toward the building of the forest enclosure! They also awarded the CRPL the Conservation through Community Involvement part of the grant which we applied for. This $500 will pay for bamboo and the planting of this bamboo in the savannah area of the enclosure. The hope is that this will give the chimpanzees another area with activity within the enclosure! However, the real aim is to have the community involved and benefiting as much as possible from the building of this enclosure. Therefore, we have offered to the MALWIUMA that they plant the bamboo and be paid for their services. The MALWIUMA is made up of women from the local community (many of them are wives of our workers). They conceived the idea of the group themselves and have offered the CRPL much support over the past 2 years. This includes planting crops on our land for free and giving us things from their crops to feed the animals. Their help means a lot to us and it is wonderful to have the ability to pay them for their hard work!

A HUGE THANKYOU TO IPS! Your support is truly wonderful.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Today the first fence post has been erected!!! The construction goes on fast and we hope to see the chimps in the forest soon. Every donation makes a big difference!

THANKS for supporting the CRPL!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Brandy, Kalonge and Bavo

They are 3 of the CRPL baboons. Brandy is the oldest of this group and she loves to be the boss. Bavo and Kalonge spend long time grooming her and playing together.

Bavo groomig Brandy
These last weeks we fixed some new wooden structures to their enclosure. These provide more room to play, to rest...and to hide from the boss!
Bavo in the new wooden platform
Kalonge watching his friends from the top of the logs

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The fence posts have arrived in Lwiro

The metallic fence posts have arrived from Kenya!
So now the work can continue on the new chimpanzee enclosure in Lwiro.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Donations, thank you, update on the fence and urgent appeal

Time for a update on the fence and urgent appeal again! We are very happy with all your donations on this blog and Facebook, they are really helping! The money from these donations have now been used to buy all the metallic fence posts needed to build the fence! These are ordered from Kenya and is one of the most expensive posts on the fence budget, they cost 34000$. But we didn't have quite enough to order them until we got the money from you guys, so thank you!! You've made it possible for us to continue the work with the fence! Pictures of the new fence posts will be posted as soon as they arrive in Lwiro!

We also have some larger grants that we are very hopeful to that we will receive, so watch this space!!

But thank you so much for you donations the last month! It really helps and soon we will see the chimps of Lwiro back climbing trees were they belong!!!

Laurence D - 30$
Lisa C - 25$
Steve C - 45$ + 40$
Jennifer F- 15$
Laura B - 100$
Ryan K- 20$ + 10$
Jessica T- 30$
Diane K - 50$


Baheny says thank you!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

After more than one month together at the CRPL…

Poppy and Suena have become very close friends. They spend the whole day together and love to play tickling and chasing each other showing a big smile.
It is hard to think they were kept separated in different cages for so many years in Goma. But luckly now they are in Lwiro enjoying their friendship and been treated with lot of care and love.

Having a sunbath together...

Poopy groomig Suena's belly

Suena eating and Poppy smiling
Poppy keeping busy...she really loves to groom him!
We wish to see them climbing in the trees of the new forested enclosure soon. Please, join our urgent appeal and donate...each dollar counts!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Funny pinatas to play…

This week we prepared some pinatas with old newspapers. We filled them with dried leaves and some pieces of fruits and sweet treats. The chimps loved them!

The paper pinatas
Misisi and Loia
For Goma’s group we prepared 16 pieces of house pipe with honey and nice treats inside. They had a really nice time!
The pipes with treats
Ombeni giving the pipes to the chimps
Gari and Kama