The Limbe Wildlife Centre near Douala, Cameroon, is a highly respected sanctuary for chimpanzees, gorillas and other primates, with an extensive local outreach and education programme. Its dedicated team currently care for over 140 animals that have been confiscated from the pet trade, many of which are ‘bushmeat orphans’ – babies whose families have been killed for food.
The project provides a long-term solution for confiscated wildlife. Working with the local and international community, the project aims to secure the survival of the endangered species of Cameroon. Where possible, confiscated animals are released back into the wild but for many species such as apes, finding suitable habitat, which is free of threats, yet has room for new populations to be introduced, is challenging. The centre’s dedicated team currently cares for more than 360 animals, many of which are bushmeat orphans– babies whose mothers have been killed for food.
Born Free is a long standing partner of the Limbe Wildlife Centre, having supported their work since 2004, and we remain committed to providing support because of the very high standards of animal welfare that underlie all of the centre’s activities . Caring for this many hungry primates is an expensive business and as more orphans arrive more space is needed. You can make a donation to Limbe here >