Our eagerly awaited spring Adopt magazine will soon report on all Born Free adopted animals but, in the meantime here’s the latest on just a few individuals protected by you.
Chimpanzees are deeply inquisitive so, our partners at Limbe Wildlife Centre
in Cameroon create an enriched and stimulating environment for their rescued orphans. One treat is hollow lengths of bamboo stuffed with all kinds of delicious snacks including tasty leaves and fruit. Chinoise and the other chimps need to puzzle out how to reach the food but, that’s not all. Once empty, bamboo tubes make great toys, perfect to scoop up water, carry on their backs or hide under bushes.
Our Sangha Pangolin Project colleagues, in Central African Republic, have rescued more than 100 white- and black-bellied pangolins since 2013. But, supported by adopters, they are devoted to conservation as well. Their local forest is also home to the elusive giant ground pangolin so, armed with camera traps, a research team set off to find out more. They have already discovered tracks and an active burrow site so, we eagerly await news of an actual sighting. Could be the ideal way to celebrate World Pangolin Day on 20th February!
Camera footage of Mowgli, the shy leopard we rescued from a zoo last year, reveals him energetically exploring when no one is watching. Only 18 months old on arrival at our sanctuary in South Africa, it’s not surprisingly he was nervous – a wild youngster is still with their mother at that age. It’s good to see him growing confident. Meanwhile, older leopard Sami is so relaxed he can be lazy. We keep him physically and mentally active by hiding meat out of reach,
it takes all his senses and strength to locate each meal.
Our adopted elephants in Kenya are getting ever more adventurous. One EB sub-group, led by Edwina, has been reliably observed 10 months of the year close to Amboseli Trust for Elephants’ camp, in central Amboseli. Last year, they were gone for several months. We suspect they visited Tanzania, their long trip away inspired by excellent rainfall and food availability. But, there is far more exciting EB news to report. Find out more in our imminent Adopt magazine, posted shortly to all adopters.
Images © LWC, ATE, Sangha Pangolin Project, Maja Gudehu