18 June 2010
Categories: Homepage News, Primates Campaign News
Two young orphan chimpanzees, recently confiscated from unscrupulous animal dealers in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), could be on their way to a Sanctuary in South Africa – if funds can be found right away!
CAR lacks adequate long-term care facilities for these two endangered animals (cheekily nick named Fabio and Roo) whose lives were in peril before they were seized in a government operation undertaken with technical support provided by RALF, a specialist law enforcement initiative established by our partners at the Last Great Ape organisation (LAGA) and WWF.
Their rescue and relocation is being assisted by the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA.
“It seems that one of the chimps was apprehended when a policeman and a Forestry Ministry agent attempted to sell the animal using an illegal document. Court proceedings are being arranged. The ‘owner’ of the second orphan chimp threatened the arresting officers with physical violence and has yet to be apprehended.” said Will Travers of the Born Free Foundation.
Rescued chimpanzees need specialist care – something that is simply not available in the Central African Republic – but a suitable home has been offered at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden Centre, located on a 1,000 hectare Wildlife Sanctuary outside of Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga (330km east of Johannesburg).
“The centre has everything ‘Fabio’ and ‘Roo’ need to be able to live a meaningful and worthwhile life, but we need to find the $5,000 (£3,750) to get them there” explained Travers. “Not only is this the right move for these little chimpanzees, but such a show of international support will encourage the authorities in CAR to continue taking resolute action to crack down on illegal trade in endangered wildlife.”
Please help if you possibly can:
Donations can be made over the phone to 01403 240170
Or online at http://www.bornfree.org.uk/shop/acatalog/Donations.html (please state CAR Orphan Chimps in the relevant box)
Or by mail to Born Free Foundation, 3 Grove House, Foundry Lane. Horsham. Sussex RH13 5PL (please write CAR Orphan Chimps on the back of your cheque)
** Should we reach our target of £3,750, all additional funds will be used for great ape rescue, care and conservation.