Here is a recent photo of the released chimps where you can see on the right Lottie and her beautiful daughter, and on the left her best friend Mama (and a glimpse of Mama’s baby). Would you like to have the privilege to name Lottie’s daughter and therefore help us to keep on monitoring and protecting the group of released chimpanzees? If so, please, go and make a bid on this link, where you could read Lottie’s story as well! Thank you!
On behalf of Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC), Project Primate Inc. is happy to announce that we are auctioning the name of one of our baby chimpanzees*! This beautiful little girl is the daughter of one of our chimpanzees, named Lottie, who was released back into the wild in 2008. The CCC rehabilitates orphaned chimpanzees who are victims of the bushmeat or pet trade and strives to protect Guinea’s remaining wild chimpanzee populations through public education and government engagement. The CCC is one of only two projects that have successfully released rehabilitated chimpanzees into the wild and attributes its success to an amazing rehabilitation process. Project Primate Inc (PPI) is an association that exist to support the CCC. PPI is a is a registered 501c (3)based in the United States.
What the top bidder receives:
· Authentic baby chimpanzee handprint
· Birth certificate with the chosen name of the chimpanzee
· The Lily Chimpanzee totebag
A little more about Lottie:
Lottie came to the sanctuary as an orphaned baby in 1997. Her rehabilitation included daily bushwalks while learning about the forest with other orphans. When Lottie was a young chimp at the sanctuary she was known for her sweet yet sometimes defiant personality. Her closest friend was and still is Mama, a female around the same age. When they were teenagers out on bushwalks these two troublemakers would sneak off into the forest on their own to find wild fruits and get into who knows what kind of mischief only to return at the very last hour of the walk looking fairly guilty.
Lottie’s first pregnancy was at the sanctuary and was an accident, as it is the CCC policy not to breed in captivity in order to keep space and resources for the orph*ans. She gave birth to a healthy male named Andrew who was adored by all the males and females of their group. Mama served as an auntie to her best friend’s son as Lottie always trusted her to take care of Andrew.
Lottie and Andrew were released into the wild with Mama in 2008 and though Andrew is no longer with the group Lottie and Mama are still together. It is great to see such a strong friendship stay together during hardships as well as watch the triumph of two wonderful friends being mums together, in the wild. We continue to monitor the group, which is located on the other side of the Niger River in the Haut-Niger National Park, and occasionally see them along the riverbanks.
The newest member in Lottie’s family is this adorable little girl. She holds on tight to her mom and looks happy and healthy. Lottie grooms her and plays with her as she lays on her back lifting the baby into the sky as they play airplane and tickle. We are so excited to have this newest member join our release group. Lottie’s baby represents what we would want for all chimpanzees, a life born in the wild where she is can live a full and happy life. Please support us today by bidding on the name this baby chimpanzee here
*Inappropriate and/or offensive names will not be accepted.
Check out this awesome interview of Franny McGill, Project Primates Inc.’s Director of Development, as she talks about her volunteer experience at the CCC. We are so proud to have her on our team!
You can read it here. Thank you Teamsocialwork!
Quit a fright last week for Zoé : a tree fell on the fence of her enclosure ! Zoé quietly came back in the safety of her cage. The team managed to do all the repairs in record time: first the pile of lianas and the tree were cut, then the posts were fixed and the electrical wires tensed again. Zoé was super happy to go back in her enclosure after 2 days of intense work. Well done everybody!
All the CCC chimpanzees, all the CCC team and all the project’s friends wish a very happy birthday to Estelle, the CCC director. We wanted to thank you for all the love, the energy and the passion you have given all these years to all the orphans, and thanks to you some are today free!
A year ago, everybody was holding his breath. Léonie was having an operation for an intracranial abscess, which was causing serious physical mobility impairments and some pain since her arrival at the CCC in December 2011. This difficult operation was a complete success. Today Léonie is a young chimp full of joie de vivre, living happily in her group.
We wanted to thank again all the persons who got together to give her a second chance.
We are in urgent need of a new boat for transporting food and supplies from our base camp in the Parc National du Haut Niger (Guinea) to the release camp, which is more than an hour away by boat. The new boat would also be used to monitor the chimpanzees who have been released on the other side of the Niger River. Our old boat has given us five great years of dutifully chugging up and down the Niger River around crocodiles and hippos but it is time for a boat with not so many holes.
Please find more info and how to donate here:
Thank you in advance for your help!
The Abraham Foundation [link] is dedicated to the protection and conservation of endangered species and it’s one of our regular partners. The grant of $ 5,000 that the foundation has allocated to replace the engine of our boat broke down is a great news. During the rainy season, navigation on the River Niger is the only way to go into the Park.
At last here are photos of Léonie and N’Dama integration !
It started some weeks ago and it’s now over. Or almost, as our two little girls don’t spend the night in the nursery with the rest of the group. The welder will come next week to add a 5th cage so the girls could have their nap and sleep at night with their group. For the moment, they have to go back to their room.
The nursery is fitted with 4 “small” cages where 2 babies sleep in hammocks during nap time and at night. They are like their room; they are cosy and give them the feeling of security they need to feel safe. And it’s also a security for us to be sure the babies have their sleep, otherwise they wouldn’t stop playing together!
During the walks, Tango is always with N’Dama and everybody wants to groom Léonie! It’s a relief to see these little orphans re-creating the family they have lost!