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Thursday, November 6, 2008



At the start of December, the project received an early Christmas present in the shape of a one and a half year old chimp, who was renamed Bix upon arrival. Although perhaps a little small for his age and sparsely-haired on his head and belly, Bix was otherwise in reasonable physical condition. There were some open wounds around his hips where a cord had been tied around him, along with healed scars in the same area, suggesting that little Bix had been restrained in this way at least twice in his young life.


Bix was recently introduced to the infant chimp group. He was an immediate hit with the existing twelve chimps and was often seen being carried around by some of the larger ones. As the attentions of the other chimps occasionally became tiring for Bix, he was accompanied in the enclosure at all times by a volunteer, who would provide him with some respite whenever he needed it.


For the first few weeks of his introduction Bix still slept in the chimp box, but has recently progressed to sleeping with his new family instead. Bix' bright personality suggests that he will be one of the characters of the infant group, so keep an eye out for future updates about his progress.




Adult chimps often suffer terribly as long term pets in Cameroon and Tommy is no exception. Rescued in December from a family who claimed to have owned him for over 12 years, Tommy was brought to the forest with an ear infection, open wound on his back and with poor teeth and an emaciated body.


Despite obvious neglect, Tommy is a sweet natured chimp and after a few days of medication and enthusiastic eating under the supervision of volunteer Paula, he became much livelier. He has now undergone hotwire training and is able to spend his days in an enclosure, climbing trees whilst he completes his quarantine period. It is hoped that Tommy will be able to join an existing chimp group in a few months time, when he will be stronger and there is adequate space to managed an introduction process.

Primate Updates

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Lissy has been part of the infant chimp group for several months now and continues to be very happy in her new home. It is clearer that Lissy probably spent only a short time in human company after her family was killed, as her chimp skills are very finely tuned. She is an accomplished climber and was seen building a very fine nest at the top of a tree about a month after her introduction. She is sensitive to the social structure of her group and gets along well amongst the others. She doesn’t seek human company like some of the other infants that were kept as pets and has made special friends with Mico. They spend hours together, relaxing in the shade and indulging their mutual dislike of water by avoiding the swimming pool recently installed in their enclosure.


Avishag & Eto'o

CWAF's first gorilla baby was born last May to Avishag and was named Eto'o after Cameroon's favourite footballing son. Though Avishag was a young mother at 9 years, she showed herself to be a natural and Eto'o has been flourishing. Although still small and wide eyed, he is growing fast and is becoming more adventurous eating solid food. His relationship with the other members of the group was positive from the outset and when he was a few months old, Avishag allowed Jasmine to babysit him for short intervals. He now leaves his mum for longer periods and has been brave enough to start playing with the boys, who all love him and patiently tolerate his (occasionally rough) games.


New chimp mums

CWAF's new chimp mums continue to do well and their babies are growing fast. Some infants suffered a skin infection at the end of the wet season last year; however after treatment they are all recovering their lost hair. Some of the babies are now almost a year old and spend time playing away from their mothers and forming bonds with the other members of the group. They have proved to be a positive influence on some of the large males who enjoy spending time grooming them and even carrying them on their backs.

Mums are babies are as follows:

  • Laurence and Zawadee
  • Leanna and YaYa
  • Amber and Jakiri
  • Yaourt and Samburu
  • Talila and Bali
  • TamTam and Hausa
  • Marie Jeanne and Tupuri
  • Dr Sherri and Olive

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