« We live in a forgotten country, Guinea (Conakry), where there has never been war (maybe some civil unrests making short media appearance in the West), huge climatic cataclysm, nothing really interesting for the outside world…Our country only cared for millions of refugees during the civil wars in Sierra-Leone and Liberia. But nobody knew it…Our country gets the second bauxite stock and that’s why several big foreign mining companies are sharing these resources, which do not benefit the people of our country. They are destroying our beautiful land because the World needs our resources…
We live in the middle of the beautiful Haut-Niger National Park that nobody knows even if it is home for some of our wild conspecifics and other beautiful animals like lions, leopards, black and white colobus… We live in a Center where good people take good care of us after we were all rescued from a life of suffering…they offer us a good life, we live in social groups, we receive every day the food we need, the care we need, we enjoy life in the forest in daily outings for the youngest of us and in large enclosure for the oldest ones…Some of our friends even went back into the wild thanks to our human friends!
But not so many people know about this sanctuary, thought these people need your help to be able to help us.
We are survivors among a beautiful species, your closest cousins, who are disappearing day after day.
Would you help us? Would you help these great people who are staying day after day, night after night, by our side to take good care of us? Would you help them to educate more people of our country so they will protect our beautiful lands and its remarkable fauna and flora? Would you help them to protect this beautiful National Park?
Please, help them to help us. We need your support to survive. And to live. »
Dan and all his friends
Article written by Christelle Colin, CCC director
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!