Meet ‘Garamba’, a chimp rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Garamba did not have an easy start to his life. He was stolen from his mum and family (whom we can only assume were victims of the bushmeat trade) before he was a year old and kept in a small cage waiting to be sold to the next buyer. Our rangers from @garamba_national_park were alerted to his dire situation and rescued him from a village in Dungu in 2015. After a six-hour journey on a motorbike, he was met by the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (@lwiroprimates ) who with the help of MONUSCO flew him to their rehabilitation centre to care for him. He was introduced to a young female of similar age called Kindy, and he started to play and laugh – all good signs of trauma recovery.
Thanks to Lwiro, ‘Garamba’ has a new lease on life, and a new family. Unfortunately, the illegal sale of wildlife continues, and Lwiro has assisted African Parks and Garamba National Park in caring and rehabilitating numerous other primates with similar stories as this little chimp. These are the few lucky ones who have been rescued. While our park staff across the continent are doing everything possible to prevent chimps and gorillas and other primates from getting here in the first place, due to the increasing number of animals arriving at the centre, the cost of caring and nursing these animals has become difficult to sustain. Lwiro needs your help to ensure their vital work continues. Today is Giving Day for Great Apes, a day dedicated to ensuring qualified Great Ape sanctuaries including Lwiro receive the funds they need. Please show your support and consider donating to help them continue their work – link in bio.
Scroll through the images to see Garamba’s remarkable transformation and meet his new family!
Photos: @lwiroprimates and @lifethroughalensphotography
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