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Chimpanzee Conservation Center : rehabilitation and release sanctuary in Guinea West Africa. CCC’s background . Created in 1997 by J. CARTER, with EU founding. It was called Project for Chimpanzee Conservation-PCC

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Ccc s background
CCC’s background sanctuary

  • Created in 1997 by J. CARTER, with EU founding. It was called Project for Chimpanzee Conservation-PCC

  • Reunited 24 chimps coming from 2 orphanages (VSF in Bissikrima & Mrs Raballand’s in Conakry and well as orphans coming from private owners)

  • May 1999 (22 chimps): PCC funding ends. The Guinean government contact Mrs. Raballand to take over.

  • Feb-May 2001: 2 large enclosures are built for the adults and teenagers thanks to a grant from WSPA

  • May 2002: a veterinary room is built

  • Dec 2002: building of a new cage for the youngsters’ group

  • End of 2004: 1 new enclosure (youngsters), 1 cage with an enclosure for quarantine

  • Spring 2006: new store room for the chimps’ food

  • Summer 2006: new nursery

  • Mai 2008: 49 chimps

  • June 2009: Release of 12adults

  • Feb 2009: 38chimps


Chimpanzees different sub-species sanctuary

Total chimpanzee population in Africa: 200,000

Total chimpanzee population in West Africa: 20,000

The western sub-specie is the most endangered


Chimpanzee conservation center
Chimpanzee Conservation Center sanctuary

  • Located in the Parc National du Haut Niger, Faranah Prefecture

  • 550 km from Conakry

  • 82 km from Faranah

  • PNHN: 55,000 hectares of full protection

  • Sole animal project in Guinea

  • Member of PASA


Ccc staff
CCC staff sanctuary

  • Volunteer

  • Directorbenevole

  • Manager

  • VeterinariansVolunteers

  • Studentresearchers

  • 7 soigneurs

  • 1 driver

  • 1 piroguier

  • 3 local guides

  • 1 officereducation


Ccc facilities
CCC facilities sanctuary

  • Local camp for volunteers and management

  • Local camp for local staff

  • A vet room

  • A food room

  • 3 “cages” : main one, divided into three cages with sliding doors and annex cages (adults group, teenagers, younger chimps) with three adjacent electrical fences

  • 1 Quarantine cage with an electrical fence

  • 1 Nursery


Main chimp facility

New adult group: 12 chimpanzees sanctuary

(1 year old to 15 years old). They are the next releasable group in 2010

The youngsters: 15 chimpanzees (1year old to 8 years old)

MAIN CHIMP FACILITY


Quarantine cage and electrical fence 8 chimps from 3 to 5 years old
“Quarantine” cage and electrical fence sanctuary (8 chimps from 3 to 5 years old)


Where do the chimps come from
Where do the chimps come from? sanctuary

  • They are mostly Guineans but some of them have come from other country in West Africa (P.T.Verus subspecie)

  • Mostly confiscated by Guinean authorities or donated to the CCC. Never bought.

  • Usually in poor condition: malnutrition, skin problems (scabies, lice, ringworm, …), many cases of diarrhea and dehydratation, respiratory diseases, endoparasites… and psychological disorders due to captivity and/or mistreatment

  • Quarantine procedures and testing

  • Special care 24h per day with human staff if really bad condition upon arrival


Principles for rehabilitation
Principles for rehabilitation sanctuary

  • Group living

  • Daily forest walks (twice a day for a total of 7h per day) for youngsters and “quarantine” group in different areas; The new adult group has access to their fence 24h/24h

  • Learn from other chimps (and humans) : social interactions, climbing, wild food consumption, nest building, hunting, dangers…

  • Forest walks stop when they become teenagers. We then reduce human contacts and encourage chimpanzee social learning

  • Long process, takes several years to learn most of the basic behaviors


Nutrition
Nutrition sanctuary

  • 4 feedings a day (7h/8h – 12h – 15h – 18h)

  • Many “wild” fruits (collected by villagers) are added to their diet following seasons

  • Some “human food” (cassava, corn, sweet potatoes), but given cooked; and regular fruits (oranges, bananas, etc)

  • Food bought in villages (really good income for local people), twice a week

  • Babies (<3 yrs old) receive milk

    3 times/day (8am, 12am, 6pm)

  • 2 times/day until they are 4-5

    (8am, 6pm)

  • 1 time/day until 5-6 (8am)


Release the goal of the ccc
Release: the goal of the CCC sanctuary

  • Release of 12 chimpanzees on 27 June 2008 in the Park, following IUCN guidelines

  • 2nd release of chimpanzees in Africa, after Help Congo but first one in West Africa

  • All the orphans released were between 12 and 20 years old. First release of adult individuals in a group.

  • One of the goal is to reinforce the PNHN wild chimp population

  • 6 males and 6 females, aged 8 to 20 years (including 2 youngsters born in the group and released with their mother)

  • 4 Females collars equipped with GPS / VHF

  • 4 Males of necklaces GPS / VHF / Argos (allows monitoring via satellite)

  • Monitoring for a minimum of 1 year (diet, habitat use, group dynamics, nesting, interactions with wild chimpanzees, etc.).



ARGOS/Satellite Tracking collars sanctuary

4 males fitted

One lost it a month later

One passed away

Two males left

Currently in the extreme east side of the PNHN

Many missions to insure their protection

One male might be with a female

Thanks to the satellite tracking we know were they are regularly


Points of released chimps
Points of sanctuary releasedchimps


Nanou and robert
NANOU and ROBERT sanctuary


To ensure the survival of the CCC’s released chimpanzees, the CCC has to participate actively in solving the park protection issues.


Illegal activities, such as logging, bush fire, poaching, fishing and destructive agricultural activities are destroying the environment witch then provoke climate changes.

Using chimpanzees as a flag ship specie the CCC is hoping to reduce climate changes which would not only destroy chimpanzees but also human kind.


Other ccc activities
Other CCC activities fishing and destructive agricultural activities are destroying the environment witch then provoke climate changes.

  • Helping protection of the Park (Parc National du Haut-Niger) against illegal logging, poaching, bushfires with military and Park guards.

  • Education of local people about chimpanzee protection, environmental problems (logging, bushfires, illegal hunting, etc) in villages and schools.

  • Participated in the Chimpanzee Conservation and Sensitization Program (Sept 2005 to Sept 2007) in Guinea and Sierra Leone with JGI


Protection of pnhn
Protection of PNHN fishing and destructive agricultural activities are destroying the environment witch then provoke climate changes.

  • Military missions

  • Confiscation of

    chain saws and hunting guns

  • Funding from FFI/Arcus

    for 2008-2009

  • Agreement between

    Ministry of Agriculture and

    Ministry of Defense


What next
What next? fishing and destructive agricultural activities are destroying the environment witch then provoke climate changes.

Monitoring of release chimps for min. of 1 year and use their presence to draw attention from the Guinean authorities and international donors to the protection of the PNHN

  • Continue to protect the PNHN and work with local and national authorities to set up a protection mechanism that will be efficient.

  • Planning another release for next group (funding?)

  • Continued education and sensitization programs around the PNHN mostly but also nationally…


Funders 2008
FUNDERS (2008) fishing and destructive agricultural activities are destroying the environment witch then provoke climate changes.

US fish and wildlife

IPPL

The Goode Trust fund

FFI/Arcus Foundation

The Sweedish chimpanzee conservation fund

Private donors

The Great ape trust of Iowa

Fondation Brigitte Bardot

TUSK


Thanks for your help
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP fishing and destructive agricultural activities are destroying the environment witch then provoke climate changes.


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