Another confiscated chimp arrives at Tacugama…. and a new baby is born!

Last week saw us receiving little Chippe from Moyamba district. Chippe is about 3-4 years old but small and stunted for his age. He was originally reported as being in captivity by the census team while they were in Moyamba but they were unable to retrieve him. It then took some time to make contact with his keeper but finally we were able to make arrangements for Chippe to come to Tacugama. He will be in quarantine for three months while Mama Posseh works her magic and builds him back to full strength. While we were able to get very limited information about Chippe we know that he was captive for at least four months and suspect that his mum may have been snared and killed. As we reported on one of our census blogs, Moyamba District suffers from human/chimp conflict due to huge loss of forest habitat to agricultural land.

Chippe on arrival
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Chippe yesterday
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Another new arrival has appeared at Tacugama as a result of an unexpected accident! It is our policy not to allow our resident chimps to breed; our focus has to be to use our limited resources on caring for rescued wild chimpanzees. We use contraceptive implants that last approximately 3 years with our mature females. However, accidents can happen and on Saturday 11th July, Babes gave birth – it is too early for us to know whether it is a boy or girl! It’s the second time that Babes has managed to beat the system and her first daughter, Bintu, was born 5 years ago. Mother, baby and big sister are all coping very well.

Babes and new baby on the day of the birth
– Babes was keen to top up her food reserves!

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The new baby at 11 days old
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Sunny and Blama (Blackman’s new name – which is also the name of a town in Sierra Leone) are settling well and listening and watching all of the activity around them with huge interest. They have so much more to see and hear now even though they are still in quarantine! They take good care of each other and Sunny can get jealous when Mama Posseh gives Blama attention.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all of you who responded to our request for help on donations towards the electric fence after our lightening strike hit. The replacement parts are just waiting to clear customs in Freetown and we should hopefully be able to install them soon. Thanks to Catherine M, Kathy S, Wanda H, Sarah J, Perry O, Yvonne N, Sherri S, Joanne Y, Theresa S, Nyree H, Brenton H, Lucia C, Christine C for your generosity.

Daniel L – please could you send an email to adopt@tacugama.sl as we see you have donated to adopt a chimp but we haven’t yet received your email with your contact information , thanks.

Watch this space for another blog coming very soon with an update on Gaura and all his group!

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4 Comments

  1. Theresa
    Posted July 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Bala,
    I am so glad Chippe is now in the hands of people who will care for him. He looks bad but I have no doubt Mama Posseh will have him fattened up in no time. As for the new baby, even though it was accident I am happy to see a baby in the group. At least this baby will be raised by it’s mother. Also glad to hear Sunny and Blama are doing well and bonding with Mama Posseh. She is a wonder! I can never adequately express my gratitude for what you and the staff do for the chimps. God Bless you all!

  2. Theresa
    Posted July 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Bala,
    I am so glad Chippe is now in the hands of people who will care for him. He looks bad but I have no doubt Mama Posseh will have him fattened up in no time. As for the new baby, even though it was accident I am happy to see a baby in the group. At least this baby will be raised by it’s mother. Also glad to hear Sunny and Blama are doing well and bonding with Mama Posseh. She is a wonder! I can never adequately express my gratitude for what you and the staff do for the chimps. God Bless you all!

  3. asami
    Posted August 3, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Hi,
    Greetings from Indonesia.

    Congrats (?) on Babes’ new baby! Love to see them again soon, but so far no plan to visit SL in near future…

    Wishing you all the best, as always.

  4. asami
    Posted August 3, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Hi,
    Greetings from Indonesia.

    Congrats (?) on Babes’ new baby! Love to see them again soon, but so far no plan to visit SL in near future…

    Wishing you all the best, as always.

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  2. [...] saw two more small chimps arrive at Tacugama – Abu and Thulani add to the recent orphan arrivals of Chippe, Blama and Sunny and leave us close to bursting at the seams. We now have 96 chimpanzees needing [...]

  3. [...] were lucky again as we managed to catch a much better glimpse of Babes’ baby and we can confirm that she gave birth to a girl! With all the rain Babes keeps the baby well [...]

  4. [...] were lucky again as we managed to catch a much better glimpse of Babes’ baby and we can confirm that she gave birth to a girl! With all the rain Babes keeps the baby well [...]

  5. [...] Basma is doing incredibly well, and is now beginning to eat proper food! Babes is being a great mother, and at feeding time shares her food with both her children, Basma and Bintu. [...]

  6. [...] Basma is doing incredibly well, and is now beginning to eat proper food! Babes is being a great mother, and at feeding time shares her food with both her children, Basma and Bintu. [...]

  7. [...] were lucky again as we managed to catch a much better glimpse of Babes’ baby and we can confirm that she gave birth to a girl! With all the rain Babes keeps the baby well [...]

  8. [...] Chippe and Thulani finished quarantine a while ago, but due to lack of enclosure space are still in the dens. Mama Posseh has been  taking them to the forest regularly  to let them play in the trees.  We are happy to say they spend most of their time exploring in the trees rather than wanting to play with Posseh! They stick to each other whilst exploring, where one goes the other always follows! [...]

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