The teenagers at the CCC have been busy dismantling their night structure. We called our usual welder, Mamadi Oulare, from Faranah for help! He’s been working for the last week reinforcing the structure.. until next time. Some chimpanzees (mostly the males) love to see him work: welding, cutting bars, using big machines that makes lots of noise… Mamadi is used to them and has some favorites. His most favorite chimpanzee is Bobo, but who would not love him, our big gentle giant? Here he is sleeping.
Picture credit: CCC and Chloe Savanin
What is the teenagers’ new attraction? It’s not a what but a whom.
It’s Bamba, the teenager who was rescued a few weeks ago. He is still in quarantine in front of the veterinary room. But we do wonder who’s watching whom: Bamba is as interested if not more than the teenagers. It bids well for Bamba’s future.
We received footage of the new CCC rescue, Bamba a 10-12 years old male found alone near villages. You’ll see his stressful arrival but also how he is settling in. Bamba named after a village near where he was found, is the 49th orphaned chimpanzee living at the sanctuary.
Sun set over Sambouyah, the closest village to the CCC. A not-so-easy drive of 10 miles that takes close to 2 hours. We buy tons of forest fruits and grown produces every week from this village (and others) as well as providing them with medical care, transport to the city (35 miles away) and very importantly micro credit they can reimburse in goods. Thanks to the CCC manager’s family, Sambouyah will soon have a school that every children can attend. The CCC isn’t just about chimps. It’s also about the local community. Helping them live in respect towards natural resources and animals.
Here is Habou, one of the chimpanzee who arrived at the CCC with many psychological problems. For years he was self mutilating and he had a hard time fitting into any groups. We almost lost hope when he was moved with the teenagers where he still is; thanks to Lobai who decided to befriend him. He’s still a low ranking male but very much liked by the girls, especially Veve who stalk him when she’s in oestrus. Look at his face and how beautiful he is now!