Sadly we have to report the arrival of another very young chimpanzee at Tacugama – Jessica was brought to us late last week by the Gola Forest project to whom she was handed by her keeper in a sack. They quickly made life more comfortable for her before bringing her to the sanctuary.
As you can imagine she was very confused and distressed. We estimate that she’s about 14 months old and that she was only very recently separated from her mother – she’s very wary of humans and, from her quarantine den, calls all the time to the other chimps at the sanctuary. She’s fortunately in reasonable health and gradually learning to trust Mama Posseh as she tries to replace the love and care that her natural mother would have given to Jessica.
The only comfort we have at the moment is that at least these small chimps are finding their way to us quickly but much more work is still needed to stop them losing their families in the first place.
Little Bai Nyaa, who came to us almost two months ago, is making steady progress in quarantine. She’s putting on weight and growing in confidence. Hopefully it won’t be long before she can join Mac as a playmate – poor Mac doesn’t get much support from Gaura and Tombo who continue to be inseparable.
You may remember our recent blog where we reported increased evidence of hunting in our Western Area Peninsula Forest Reserve. We’re please to say that we’ve since hosted a visit by a recently formed joint patrol unit that is increasing law enforcement in the Reserve area – made up of wildlife guards, police and army. They came to us to learn more about chimpanzees and also the problems that we are facing and have since been visibly taking positive action to curb illegal activity in the area.