A « wild » chimp near a village in Faranah area

A few weeks ago, a « wild » chimpanzee was spotted near a village about 80 kilometers from the CCC. Thanks to our sensitization programs prior to the release, villagers reach out to us every time they see a chimpanzee. We believed, when they contacted us, that it was a wild chimpanzee getting closer due to habitat destruction but this time we are really wondering who this chimp is… The villagers have reported that they had fed him/her. No wild chimpanzee would take food from a human. We think it might be an orphan that was « released » (ie abandoned) by his owner in a forest nearby. The CCC has sent two keepers to that village and the manager is on stand-by in Faranah. So far, after 3 days, the chimpanzee hasn’t been seen. We will keep you posted.


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Meet a CCC chimp

As every Sunday « Meet a CCC chimpanzee ». Today we are presenting Hawa.
Hawa is in the same group than Noel and Missy, the babies group.
She arrived at the CCC in April this year when she was about 3 years old. We heard about her being kept in a village so we informed the Guinean authorities and GALF (Guinée- Application de la Loi Faunique) about her. They mounted a confiscation with Interpol which allowed them to arrest the poachers. The poachers had killed Hawa’s mom and ate her while keeping Hawa in the village, probably until they could sell her. Hawa was, at first, very scared of human beings and shied away from contacts. She was thin and had wounds around her waist from the chain the villagers had put on her.
Today, she’s well integrated in the babies group. She spend her time in the forest with Noel and Missy with a keeper and a volunteer. She’s quite possessive of the volunteer, who acts as a substitute mom, that the three of them have to share. Wild baby chimpanzees don’t have to share their mom so it’s quite an adjustment for her (and for all of the orphans living at the CCC). Slowly but surely Hawa is learning the CCC’s way of life and we’re hoping that one day she’ll be able to return to the wild, where she belongs and that she should have never left.


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Moucky and Zoe in the fence

Five hours of laughing and chasing for Moucky and Zoe! Last week, Moucky, 12, joined Zoe, 16, in her fence and they enjoyed each other and the fence very much. Unfortunately when Moucky’s surrogate Dad, Stephane, left his position around the fence, she got out to follow him using some over hanging trees. Cheeky girl. She willingly went back into her own cage (with « Dad »). Since then, tree clearing has been done and the girls will be able to enjoy time together in the fence again. It’s wonderful for both these females who’s been deprived of chimpanzees company their whole life (until they came to the CCC) to have companionship. Will they become BFF? We hope so.


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A new boat motor for the CCC

A few years ago, we sometimes provided supplemental feeding to the released chimpanzees. These feedings were done only when the chimpanzees were near in order to have a visual of them and making sure they were healthy and their offsprings (who don’t wear collars) alive. We do it from the river, thanks to our smallboat and motor. You can hear how surprise and happy they are!
We’ve launch an indigogo campaign to purchase a new small motor boat to continue the monitoring of the chimpanzees from the river. We’ve raised $225 so far thanks to generous donations from Ms. Mc Gill, Mr. Jublin and Ms Reyland. If you wish to contribute: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-new-boat-motor-at-the-ccc/x/4556884#/


A boat motor for the CCC

In 2008 and 2010 the CCC has released 16 chimpanzees back to the wild in the Haut Niger National Park. We are still monitoring seven adults thanks to their VHF collars. In order to track them, we use a small boat with a motor along the river. Our small motor has been out of order for 6 months and it makes monitoring the chimpanzees difficult for the trackers and volunteers.
We have found a good used boat motor that we would like to send via container in November to Guinea.
Any help counts. Thank you to Ms Mc Gill who’s made the first contibution.

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Hard work!

Let’s have the keeper do our work! In bush walks, chimpanzees bring hard fruits to the keepers (and the volunteers) to crack for them. It’s hard work and chimpanzees are quick to learn who’s good at it and who isn’t. Hence Antoine has 5 fruits by his feet while they all wait their turn. In the wild these fruits are eaten by adults who just open them with their teeth. Some CCC chimps know how to crack these fruits themselves (Douma for example) but it takes them a looonnng time!

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# NYBC Do the right thing

The Chimpanzee Conservation Center and its support organizations: Project Primate, Inc. and Projet Primates France support the campaign to help the chimpanzees abandonned by the New York Blood Lab in Liberia and in Ivory Coast. Project Primate, Inc. is part of the coalition ‪#‎NYBC‬ Do the right thing
Show your support!

with Daouda , Keeper CCC. Sylvie ex Volunteer CCC, Anne Claire, volunteer CCC, Estelle, Founder CCC & PPI President, Jeanne, ex volunteer CCC and board member PPF,
Matthieu, manager CCC et membre du conseil d’administration and board member PPF, Alex, volunteer CCC, Christelle, director CCC, Albert, keeper CCC, Anissa, volunteer CCC, Sékou, keeper CCC, Gaèlle, ex volunteer CCC, Stéphane, volunteer CCC
Claire, ex volunteer CCC, Frank, board member PPF, Antoine, keeper CCC, Viviane, ex volunteer CCC, Ismael, keeper CCC,
Jacques, camp manager CCC, Mamadi, chimp tracker CCC
Eddy, volunteer CCC, Lorène, treasurer PPF and board member PPF, Tara, volunteer CCC, Ibro, keeper CCC, Sory, keeper CCC, Amaury, Ex volunteer CCC, Mélanie & her son, board member PPF, Julie, volunteer CCC, Elise, manager CCC, Faya, keeper CCC, Céline, PPF President


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