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The little girl who’ve arrived last week, has been baptized Adiatou (nickname Adi). She is still lost and we don’t see much joy in her eyes. She’s still eating well and loves her baby cereal (she didn’t at first). She is still in quarantine with Justine, her surrogate mother, since the two other infants, Soumba and Kanda got a cold. She should be presented to them in a few days which will help her regain some joy, hopefully.
Our chimps are amazing and unique. You don’t believe us? Well we have proof! Check out these pictures of two versions of hand clasp grooming. Hand clasping is a known behavior in wild chimpanzees, especially in Eastern Africa. They do it briefly to change grooming side. At the CCC, they can groom each other that way for 5-10 minutes. It’s a sign of intense grooming.
We’ve fist recorded it with the released chimpanzees in 2008. Many CCC’s chimps are doing it. It’s a « new » trend that makes them UNIQUE (and they were already amazing).
Last Thursday, the CCC launched a photo exhibit at the French-Guinean cultural center in Conakry. Centre Culturel Franco Guinéen
This is a first for the center, and a wonderful opportunity to spread awareness about the CCC and its work in Guinea. CCC funder and Project Primate, Inc. President Estelle Raballand, CCC executive director Christelle Colin, government representatives and partners with whom the CCC collaborates to combat chimpanzee trafficking attended the exhibit opening.
The photos and posters about the CCC will be on display for a month.
Max and Veve are wishing you the best on the first week of 2016.
Don’t forget, you can sponsor some of the CCC chimpanzees on the help-us page
Morgan, the volunteer tree cutter has started pruning the Kapok tree, a huge tree by the chimps night quarters.
He hasn’t cut it all for now since he needs a lighter chainsaw. There are some in the shipping container currently in Conakry port.
Look at the picture he took from the top of the tree! It shows how high he was. Thanks to him, the chimpanzees are safe again without this tree that was on the edge of falling on them.
Stuart Beaman, a British national who’ll be continuing the keeper’s training has arrived at the CCC. We are very excited to have him on site. He’ll also help with chimpanzees’ integration, especially our adult and sub-adult males in Ced’s group.
Holiday season is also the time for making new friends. Enjoy watching Soumba and Kanda’s first meeting.
The baby chimpanzees at the CCC take naps at mid day. Noel who’s growing up (he’s about 3 years old) has decided that he was too old for this. During his nap time, he’s busy dismantling his sleeping cage. Soon we’ll have to either cancel his nap time or get him a new box!
a cute moment of Kanda’s first step. He is 5 months old and the latest arrival at the CCC.
He’s not too well coordinate yet but getting the idea!