Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Jungle Land - Arrival at Ensessakotteh

The duiker, the giant tortoise, the Egyptian Goose are all free to roam in the large grassed and shrub area at the Centre.  The rabbits (which will be given to good homes) are safe in their pen.  And then, the primates; we went to the forest area a little way up the hill.  A series of varying sized enclosures now housed our little assorted band of travellers. 

The vervet explores his new area somewhat bewildered by the space and the choice of climbing poles.  (He was to be joined by two young vervets in a couple of days).


Stephen and Jo prepare to release one of the rescued primates

The same for the Hamadryas baboons.  The old, crippled male stayed with his two female companions.  He was, I must say, a pitiful sight.  His body was stunted and thin, his back legs bent and he only moved with great difficulty.  In the cage at Jungleland I hardly saw him move from his position hunched up against the back wall, his head awkwardly tipped sideways.  His comfort was to be groomed by one of the females and here, too, in his new home he needed her to reassure him in the same way.

At Ensessakotteh, we are joined by Jo White and her team, sponsors of our vital work there

The following day I couldn’t wait to know how they all were.  When we went up to see them imagine my astonishment when I saw all the Hamadryas baboons high up in the enclosures on their climbing poles.  Even the old, crippled male!  What a tour de force, what an achievement!  I was overjoyed.

We know that animals have memories, we know they remember previous experiences.  My hope is, that for these innocent animals – who have been incarcerated for no wicked deeds – the memory of those past dark days will soon be replaced by the new experience of kindness, understanding and care they will find at Enssessakoteh. 

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

Share | |