Lush bring camera traps to Tacugama

Thanks to Lush in Canada we should be able to share lots more photos with you of the wildlife in and around Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary!


We received a donation through their Charity Pot scheme which has allowed us to buy some digital camera traps and will also help us to replace our aging supply vehicle. The camera traps will play an important role in helping us to record and confirm wild chimpanzee movements and which other species share their environment. We’re first using the camera traps around Tacugama and in the future we’ll move them further afield to expand our knowledge.

With the help of Joko, our patrol officer, we set up some initial trials with the cameras and we’ve been pleased with the results. Some of the first shots we captured were of Congo – the wild chimp who occasionally visits the sanctuary – together with her two daughters. It’s been very difficult to get images of Congo in the past and it’s great that the traps have done the job for us! Joko’s also very pleased that the cameras should help him with his important patrolling work that protects the forest reserve areas surrounding Tacugama from hunters.

Congo moves into view

Congo with her youngest daughter

Congo’s oldest daughter gaining in independence

Here are some photos of other species we have caught on camera so far. We removed the cameras from the bush during the heaviest of the rains. Now the rains are receding we’re about to position them again and look forward to sharing more results with you in the months to come.

A Campbell’s monkey

A bay duiker by day….

…. and by night

A brush tailed porcupine sweeps by

A genet is captured …

… and investigates!

Thanks again to the Lush team for their support – remember to look out for the Tacugama Charity Pot lotion in their North American stores!

In the last blog I mentioned that we were in the middle of a heavy thunderstorm. Dr Rosa happened to be passing the infants group when thunder hit and frightened Gaura and friends. This has to be a record for the number of chimps in a hammock when they jumped in together for comfort.

Tombo, Gaura, Bain Nyaa, Mac and Bruno in view, Yoyema was also on board!

They’re loving being out with their new friends everyday but are sadly suffering from colds as the change in weather brings cough and cold bugs with it. Hopefully they’ll make quick recoveries.

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  1. Theresa
    Posted October 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Great photos, Bala! It’s good to see Congo and her daughters doing so well. I’m sure the little ones will recover quickly under the great care of Dr. Rosa and team. The hammock picture is precious. Nothing like having close friends when you are afraid.

  2. Lucia Cristiana, Brasil
    Posted October 5, 2009 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures. Thank you very much, Bala.

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