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Perry: extremely sick at arrival in ’11 & thriving now

A very weak and underweight Perry with iv access in left arm

A very weak and underweight Perry with iv access in left arm

We like to stand still occasionally and realize the progress made by an individual chimp. Perry was one of the smallest and weakest orphans ever received by Tacugama. He arrived in May 2011, very underweight, dehydrated and with skin wounds and a bad chest infection. Luckily, the vets (Dr. Rosa and Dr. Rupak) were able to achieve  iv access to give him more effective antibiotics this way. He also received supplemental oxygen and nebulisation therapy. We were kindly lent the machine by the British doctors at IMATT. See pics below.

Perry held by Dr. Rosa, connected to oxygen concentrator.

Perry held by Dr. Rosa, connected to oxygen concentrator.

Perry received nubulisation treatment during his first weeks at Tacugama

Perry received nubulisation treatment during his first weeks at Tacugama

After a few weeks he started showing improvement, with less coughing and increased appetite. After two months of veterinary care and TLC from Mama Posseh, he was a chubby and happy little fellow!

Two months after arrival, Perry had gotten quite chubby!

Two months after arrival, Perry had gotten quite chubby!

He was initially kept with the other recent arrival, Molly. Over the time, the baby group has increased in size. Perry is now one of the biggest chimps in the group and acts as a kindhearted ‘big brother’ for newer, smaller arrivals who appreciate his protection when they are being integrated in the group.

More than 3 years after arrival, Perry is the biggest chimp in the 'baby group'

More than 3 years after arrival, Perry is the biggest chimp in the ‘baby group’

Perry is a sweet natured 'older brother' for new arrivals now

Perry is a sweet natured ‘older brother’ for new arrivals now

Mama Posseh’s personal tragedy

Many visitors to Tacugama have gotten to know Mama Posseh quite well. She is a dedicated surrogate mother to the baby chimps as well as making sure the lodge guests are well taken care off.

Posseh two years ago with Perry and Molly.

Posseh two years ago with Perry and Molly.

The infant chimpanzees are very attached to her (and vice versa) and she has a special place in the heart of current and former staff, volunteers and visitors to Tacugama.

Posseh 6 months ago with new arrival Morlai.

Posseh 6 months ago with new arrival Morlai.

Tragedy can strike suddenly and two weeks ago Mama Posseh was called out in the middle of the night to hear her house had burnt down and her longterm companion had died in the fire.

The charred remains of Posseh's house.

The charred remains of Posseh’s house and possessions.

Nothing can compensate for her personal loss, but we have started a fund to help rebuild her house. If you are able to help, send us an email at info@tacugama.com. Donations can be made in person, with PayPal on our website or through bank transfer; just let us know in the comments it is for the ‘Posseh fund’.

 

A Visit from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

On the afternoon of 24th October we were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary as part of her historic royal visit to Sierra Leone. Her Royal Highness, accompanied by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, was in Freetown to mark the 50th anniversary of independence and recalling the visit of Her Majesty the Queen back in 1961. More information about the Royal visit is available on the British High Commission website.

Her Royal Highness is well known for her passion for horses and she also has a keen interest in wildlife and conservation.  Amongst the many organisations that she supports as part of her extremely busy schedule she is Patron of both the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Whitley Fund for Nature.  Her visit to Tacugama was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the important conservation role that sanctuaries in Africa are undertaking.

Here are some photographs of her visit to the sanctuary  – thanks go to the British High Commission for sharing many of these:

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal is welcomed to Tacugama

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal is welcomed to Tacugama

Princess Anne and Bala Amarasekaran, founder of Tacugama

Princess Anne and Bala Amarasekaran, founder of Tacugama

Princess Anne talks to Bala about the work of Tacugama

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence learning more about Tacugama's work from Bala

Princess Anne is introduced to six-month old Perry

Princess Anne is introduced to six-month old Perry, Tacugama's youngest orphan

Princess Anne meets Perry, held by Posseh

Princess Anne meets Perry and Posseh

Princess Anne and Bala at the end of the tour

Princess Anne and Bala at the end of the tour

We were very honoured to be able to introduce Her Royal Highness and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence to Tacugama’s work and the team – the tour was filled with lively discussion and in-depth questions which demonstrated the couple’s deep-rooted concern for conservation and the environment.  It was a day to remember for all of us.

We hope you enjoy the pictures, we’ll be back with more news of Tacugama soon!

Eva Mendes visit to Tacugama and Perry starts to walk!

We were very excited to welcome Eva Mendes and colleagues to Tacugama last Saturday who were in Sierra Leone filming for the forthcoming documentary ‘Half the Sky’.

Here are a few pictures from their tour of Tacugama led by sanctuary founder, Bala.

Trying to spot some of the chimps from our treetop viewing platform

Trying to spot some of the chimps from our treetop viewing platform

Bala and Eva Mendes at the viewing platform

Bala and Eva Mendes at the viewing platform

The 'Half the Sky' crew after their tour of Tacugama

The 'Half the Sky' crew after their tour of Tacugama

Bala and Eva Mendes at the end of the tour

Bala and Eva Mendes at the end of the tour

We’re looking forward to watching the documentary when it comes out next year! We recommend taking a few moments to look at the Half the Sky movement website, inspired by the original bestselling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Also, we’re pleased to let you know that the 2012 calendars are now available to order. You can order yours via the Tacugama website.

Finally, we’ll leave you with this picture of Perry who we introduced you to in our catch-up posts a couple of weeks ago. As you can see, he’s coming on in leaps and bounds and has started to walk around. He’s even started to climb a little bit!

Perry exploring the veterinary clinic

Perry exploring the veterinary clinic