The great CCC team

Today I want to pay tribute to the CCC’s great team of local workers. They are 100 % dedicated to the CCC, they understand why they are working with orphan chimpanzees; they sincerely care for each one of them and are committed to their rehabilitation.

 Some of them started to work with us years ago, like Kenda who actually started to work with chimps in 1992 in one the first Guinean sanctuary (their chimps were transfered to the CCC in 1997). Kenda is a wonderful keeper, he loves chimpanzees and wants to dedicate the rest of his life to protect them. He is particurlarly interested in veterinarian aspects and we try to get him involved in a maximum of the chimps health care and veterinary procedures.

Kenda

Kenda and Lobai

Antoine (keeper), Ibro (keeper and educator) and Albert (keeper) joined us more than 2 years ago and they are now an important part of the team. Ibro is responsible for carrying out our sensitization and education program in villages and cities in the region. He usually does hundred of kilometers each year to visit remote villages. Ibro is an excellent educator, with kids but also adults! We are glad he is here to promote the important message of protecting the environment and animals!

Antoine

Antoine and Panza

Albert

Albert and Ama

Ibro

Ibro during a sensitization campain with elders of a village

Young keepers (Issa, Ibrahima, Moktar) joined us this year or last year. They are learning their job and they brought lots of energy at the CCC! We are glad they have joined us.

Ibrahima

Ibrahima and babies

Issa

Issa and Nelson

Moktar

Moktar and Ama

We also have Balde, the driver. He is in charge of the 2 CCC’s cars for which Estelle (CCC director) likes to remind  everybody “without a car, no project!” so she usually asks everybody to take really good care of them! Luckily Balde is an excellent driver and mecanic and we do not have too much trouble in the middle of the bush, even if the 2 cars need regular repairs because of the bad roads…

Balde

Balde our driver

There is Mamadi, our boat driver. He was born by the Niger river and he used to fish with his dad when he was younger, so he knows really well this big river inhabited by hippos… He is in charge of the CCC’s boat which is used to reach the release site. Mamadi, when he is not driving the boat, spends most of his time at the release site where he helps the team to monitor the released chimps; he also keeps the camp and contributes to protection of the Park. He is a young brave man and we are lucky to have him.

Mamadi

Mamadi on the boat

The other Mamadi (same name and surname as Mamadi boat driver, but they are not relatives!) was hired few months before the release in 2008 to help us conduct the last surveys on the release site. He stayed after the release as a guide. But few weeks ago, he went to the sanctuary to start training as a keeper. Apparently he is doing incredibly well as he learnt a lot about chimps with the adult released chimpanzees, which makes it much easier when you have to work with babies or youngsters!

Mamadi

Mamadi

So I am glad to post you the pictures of our workers. Without them, the CCC could not be able to do all the hard work involved in chimpanzee protection and rehabilitating orphans! Please do not forget them, we need them to take good care of the CCC chimpanzees!

all the team

The team (including our welder!)

In an other post, I will introduce you to the other key members of the CCC team. 

Take care

Chris

Merry Christmas!

We wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas! We hope you  will share a moment of love and peace with your family and friends.

Thank you all for your constant support, for reading us. We need to know that you care about our cause. A big Thank you  from the chimps!

Panza

Panza and Chris

Lottie’s baby, the first images!

Sorry for the  problem with the youtube link in the previous post, it should work now!

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Lottie gave us the most beautiful present! We wish her and her son, and all her group, a happy life, free in the forest!

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Chris

Lottie’s baby…

As promised, here is a short film of Lottie's baby! Enjoy! 

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Chris

Coco and Zoe

Dear Carryl and Theresa,

Don’t worry for Coco, we will try to find the best solution for him as well. Coco was rescued by the CCC almost 10 years ago, when he was already an adult. He was severly injuried in 1996 while in captivity in an hotel in Conakry when a military guy shot him several times when one day Coco broke his chain and ran away in Conakry’s streets. Estelle, the CCC’s director saved his life and took care of him day after day in Conakry, until he recovered. When Estelle became the director of the CCC in 1999, she managed to collect funds to build a quarantine cage for him and we brought him to the sanctuary in March 2000. Saddly Coco does not behave like a “real” chimp, he spent too much time with people and then it is difficult for us to integrate him within a group, as these chimps must build strong bonds together to be released as a social group in the future. 

But Coco shared his enclosure for a long time with Amadeus, a younger male suffering from major physiological disorders (hypoparthyroidism), they were really good friends but Amadeus died in September 2007. It was a hard time for Coco and all the team. After that Coco spent some time with another male, Marco, rescued in September 2008 in Conakry. He was 10 years old and he was suffering from severe physical abnormalities. Marco saddly died in December 2008 from pulmonary bleeding. Once again, Coco had a hard time after the loss of his new friend.

The team tried to introduce Coco with Zoe a couple of weeks ago but Coco escaped from his enclosure after one hour… He is really smart as his enclosure is double meshed…

We are thinking of a plan for Coco and maybe Zoe (if she can not be integrated in a group) and other chimps who cannot not be released because of behavioral or veterinary matters. We need to find the best solution for these chimps, build them a good infrastructure where they can enjoy on outdoor space without being able to escape, where they can interact together happily. At this point we will need to raise a lot of money to do that.

But for the moment Coco sees Zoe every day even if they are not together and they have some interactions, maybe not as much as Coco would like, but Zoe is a little bit shy with this beautiful male! They both need time to know each other and Zoe needs time to be re-socialized and to “learn” a bit about  the forest in her enclosure. So we will not rush things, we will let her adapt, gain confidence and get to know Coco better, then we will see what we can do.

One of the rules of the CCC volunteers and keepers is to spend a lot of time with Coco (and Zoe if she wants to join), whenever they can. Volunteers and keepers bring him enrichment, wild fruits and leaves, play with him (he loves tickles!), spend time in grooming sessions, etc. So Coco is never by himself for long, except for his nap and at night!

Coco eating sugar cane

Coco eating sugar cane

Coco grooming a volunteer

Coco grooming a volunteer

playing with a volunteer

Coco playing with a volunteer

We will keep you posted on Zoe and Coco.

Take care!
Chris

pics of Zoe

Zoe eating in her cage

Zoe eating in her cage. She has free access to her cage and enclosure

in her enclosure

in her enclosure

Zoe in top of a tree

Zoe!

Zoe is adapting well to her new life and friends at the sanctuary! Everybody there loves her, she is really sweet and so beautiful! We hope to be able to find a good long term solution for her, with Coco or maybe to try to integrate her in a group after her quarantine period. We will take time before taking any decision for her and we will give her enough time to adjust to this new life.

Take care

Chris

A good surprise!

I don’t know if you remember but I explained that a wild female integrated the adult group at the sanctuary when Laurence, released in June 2008, came back to the sanctuary in August 2008, with her new friend! They both decided to join the new adult group – they jumped in the enclosure-  who was formed after the release of the 12 adult chimps of the previous group and they were both really well accepted.

Since then, we tried to scare this wild female away to try to convince her to go back in the forest but she chose to stay in her new group. She seems to be a young adult female and it is quite normal that she looked for a new group. But it was really surprising for us to see that she chose to stay in this unusual group of chimps despite her fear of humans… She is still really scared of people and she never approches the keepers even if she comes in the indoor cages to feed with the others chimps.

She usually goes outside the enclosure once in a while – she does not care about the electrical fence… – to drink, eat wild fruits that she cannot find inside the enclosure but she always comes back !

And the good news of this week is that she gave birth to a healthy baby a few days ago, a new baby chimp in this world! The CCC team could not yet confirm if it is a male or female as the wild female stays a lot in the enclosure with her new born. We all hope that her baby will grow safely in this unusual “safe” environment but that they will also both eventually enjoy a free life when the mummy decides it is time to go!

I will post you soon a video of Lottie’s baby and hope to be able to get some pics of this new baby!

Many thanks to all of you who are reading us and supporting us, it is extremely important for us and the chimps we take care of. We need your help more than ever.

Take care

Chris

Lottie’s baby

Here is the first picture of Lottie’s baby (sent by Matt our manager) born in the forest few weeks ago. Lottie was released in June 2008 and she is with 4 other released chimps at the moment.

Lottie and her wild born baby

She is a great mother as she already raised one son, Andrew, born the 14th of August 2000 at the sanctuary, and released with her in June 2008. Andrew left his mother’s group in November 2008 but he had been seen several times since then.

We are confident that Lottie will be able to take really good care of her baby (we still do not know if it’s a boy or a girl) as she was a wonderfull mother for Andrew.

Many thanks for all your messages of support for Fatim’s death. It means a lot to us.

Take care

Chris

sad news

Our dear Fatim passed away last Moday with all our team by her side.

Wecould not do anything more to help her at the end on this long illness and we are all really sad for her. Fatim will remain forever in our memories and we hope she will keep an eye on her chimps friends and all the team at the CCC.

fatim in her hamoc

Lottie’s baby

I wanted to share with you the message from Estelle, the dedicated director of the CCC, she sent to all our supporters and friends, after the great news:

Dear all,

I’m a grand-mother of the first baby chimp born in the wild from a released chimp in Guinea! The CCC manager Matthieu, called me tonight to announce the great news.

We follow the released chimp at a distance but we usually have visual sighting once or twice a week. Today when they went to see them, the five released chimps who are together as a group were spotted with a new tiny addition…

The mother, Lottie, approximatly 19 years old who was released in June 2008, is fine.  It’s her second offspring. She was a great mom to her first one, Andrew, who’s also released.  The baby is suckling and looks healthy.  They don’t know if it’s male or female yet as it’s only about 2 days old.  The father is most probably Robert, a 23 year old released male since at the time he was the only male around her.

They’re going to be even more “wild” now. We’re all, mangement, keepers, volunteers past and present, super excited and happy about this baby who will have a chance to live in his/her natural habitat!

I felt like sharing the news with all of you who’re supporting us,

Sincerely,

Estelle”

Lottie, Nanou and Mama

Lottie, Nanou and Mama at the release site few months ago

At the sanctuary, Fatim is still fighting against nasty side effects of the anti-fungal treatment, which had been stopped 10 days ago. Fatim probably suffers from an aspiration pneumonia as the fluconazol treatment caused a gastro-oesophageal reflux and dyspagia and she has serious problems to eat and swallow solid food. Everybody there is really worried for her as she breathes with great difficulties. She is under treatment and we all hope she will overcome this challenge, especiallly after all these long months of treatment.

We hope to get good news from Fatim and photos of Lottie and her baby soon.

Take care