Just weeks after LCRP won £5,000 in the annual McKenna-Travers Award for Compassionate Conservation (MTA), we received shocking news and images. A small orphaned chimpanzee, her face already scarred, her mother almost certainly killed, had been found. She was many miles away, too far to drive.
Jenny Desmond, founder of the LCRP with her husband Jimmy, managed to secure a flight and on Monday 9th November 2020, returned with ‘Mary Beauty’ safe in her arms.
Mary Beauty is destined to be the first resident of the new intensive care unit that funds from the MTA will help create. She and other little chimps will be looked after by the wonderful Liberian care team.
This is difficult, sometimes heart-breaking, life-saving work which, combined with the LCRP’s efforts to improve law-enforcement, educate and empower communities, rescue, rehabilitate and, where possible, return chimpanzees to the wild, makes everyone at Born Free enormously proud to support our new partners.
The LCRP currently cares for over 60 chimpanzees, mostly under the age of five. You can find out more about their work here.