Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pepin arrives at the CRPL!

A new baby Cercopithecus ascanius has arrived at CRPL! This little red-tailed monkey was confiscated in the Miti area in the South Kivu Provence. The confiscation was completed by the ICCN (Institut Congolaise pour la Conservation de la Nature), the Congolese Governments Authority for Conservation. He was being kept as a pet.
The little male has been called Pepin and will remain in quarentine for a one month period before being introduced to the other baby monkeys.

When Pepin arrived he was given a thorough examination by Dr. Luis Flores (Wildvets veterinarian - currently managing CRPL short term) and Dr. Masunga (our local vet incharge of animal rounds and daily medications). The examination showed that Pepin was in very bad physical condition - thin, poor hair condition and full of parasites.
Pepin is now being provided with lots of food and water and a clean environment. He has improved significantly since his arrival! We can't wait until he also has some play mates!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Enrichment for the animals!

The staff at the CRPL have been giving the animals some enrichment today! Firehose with special treats inside and lots more. See the pictures below.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

More work on the fences....

Work on the enclosure continues! These pictures show Michel, Vincent and their wonderful team of local men hard at work soldering the remaining brackets in place and then painting the posts. The first coat of pain (red) is a rust deterrent – we want to be sure this enclosure lasts a very long time! And the second coat of paint (green) is to blend the enclosure into the surroundings.

This is going to be a spectacular construction – especially once the chimpanzees are inside! We still have a way to go, if you would like to be a part of the project click the donate button to your left! We will bring you more updates as soon as we can!

Monday, November 8, 2010

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