Monthly Archives: April 2009

EMCV strikes again with tragic consequences

This has been a sad, long weekend for all of us at Tacugama and it’s looking very much that EMCV is the cause. Just as we are working hard to get all the chimps vaccinated against EMCV, the virus has struck again causing the death of two of our chimpanzees and leaving a third one […]

New Places to Play

As well as helping with the chimp health checks, Ruud and Esther are busy with their brief to enrich the enclosures where the younger chimps are playing every day, we gave you some initial pictures in a recent blog, here Esther tells us more about what’s been happening: As we head into the 3rd week […]

Healthchecks and Vaccinations Underway

The vaccinations against the EMCV virus have begun! Led by our resident vet, Dr Rosa, the veterinary team have a thorough brief. Each of the chimps is weighed then lymph nodes, abdomen, genitalia, ears, nose, teeth, tonsils, skin and hair will be checked with heart rates, blood pressure and temperature monitored throughout. Blood and urine […]

2000 nests and another young chimp for Tacugama

The Sierra Leone National Chimpanzee Census Project team has just returned from an intensive 26 days of surveying Moyamba District in the south west of Sierra Leone. This district is close to Freetown, with many villages throughout that depend on slash and burn subsistance farming for survival. There is very little standing forest remaining. Dr […]

2000 nests and another young chimp for Tacugama

The Sierra Leone National Chimpanzee Census Project team has just returned from an intensive 26 days of surveying Moyamba District in the south west of Sierra Leone. This district is close to Freetown, with many villages throughout that depend on slash and burn subsistance farming for survival. There is very little standing forest remaining. Dr […]

Making life more fun!

As briefly mentioned in our last blog, we’re pleased to welcome Esther Hull and Ruud de Kort as volunteers as Tacugama. They’re here for a shorter than normal volunteer visit – just six weeks – but the chimps are certainly enjoying their input. Ruud and Esther have worked at Stichting AAP (Europe’s largest exotic animal […]

Worrying about Cheetah

A week ago Cheetah, one of the adult female chimps in Philip’s group, showed up at the dens very ill at the end of the day after having missed the feeding sessions throughout the whole day. She had been fit and healthy that morning and suddenly she was so weak that she could hardly walk, […]