Category Archives: Guenon

Jeanevie joins infant guenon group

A few weeks ago, Jeanevie, a young mona monkey (Cercopithecus mona), joined the infant guenon group after passing her quarantine period. Jeanevie arrived in August when she was less than 1 year old, after having been kept as a pet by two men living in Douala for 8 months. She was orphaned by the bushmeat trade, and then was sold in the market as a pet. The men had difficulty caring for her, and realizing that she would have a better life living with others of her own kind, made the decision to donate the young mona monkey to L.W.C.

Jeanevie upon arrival at L.W.C.

Jeanevie’s introduction to the infant guenon group went extremely well. Although she appeared to be unsure at first, she quickly allowed the other guenons to inspect and groom her. Jeanevie can usually be seen with Bakumba, a Putty-nosed monkey (Cercopithecus nictitans) and Bomoko, a red-eared guenon (Cercopithecus erythrotis).

Once Jeanevie is old enough, and no longer needs milk, she will join the resident mona monkey group.

Newest Arrivals at LWC

The past couple of months at LWC have been quite busy, with multiple projects underway and many new arrivals.

Bakumba, a very young putty-nosed guenon arrived in June. Left orphaned after her family was killed, she had been living with a farmer in Bakumba village. Upon arrival she was very sick and malnourished, but is now doing well. She is currently being cared for in quarantine, where she receives milk throughout the day along with nutritious foods and much-needed love. As soon as Bakumba’s test results come back and we know that she is healthy, she will join the baby guenon group.

Sagat, a patas monkey, was brought in by her owner. While at a market, the owner claims to have seen Sagat being beaten until she was unconscious. Thinking that she was dead, he took her home, only to discover that she was still alive. The man kept Sagat in a cage that was so small, she could not stand. Her legs are still very weak, which causes her to limp, particularly on her back legs. We placed many planks into Sagat’s quarantine enclosure, which allows her to work her leg muscles without causing too much extra strain. We have already seen vast improvements in both behavior and motor ability since Sagat’s arrival.

Nvuru, a 4-year old mandrill, and Chiguo, an adult moustached-guenon, arrived on the 29th of July. They were part of the first ever animal confiscation in Equatorial Guinea, along with a young gorilla and a young chimpanzee. The confiscation was completed by Conservation International and the Zoological Society of London with the help of the Hess petrol company, and all of the animals were brought to the Ape Action Africa sanctuary, in Mefou, Cameroon. As Ape Action Africa is currently short in quarantine space, we agreed to take both Nvuru and Chiguo for their quarantine period. Ape Action Africa will care for both the chimpanzee and gorilla, as they already have young groups of both species.

The man who had been keeping Nvuru and Chiguo had them both tied to trees by very short ropes. When Nvuru arrived, the rope was still tied around his waist. He was anesthetized by the LWC vet team, the rope was removed, and a health check was completed. Underweight, but otherwise in good condition, he was brought into quarantine. Nvuru is incredibly happy in his new enclosure, which gives him a large space to roam, and smiles when anyone approaches.

Upon arrival, Chiguo was very scared. We immediately placed her into a quarantine enclosure filled with branches, which gives her space to move around and places to hide. She remains afraid of humans, but is eating well, which is a good sign. Over time, with needed love and care, we hope that she will become more comfortable in her new home.

New water points

Hello everybody,

We have built a new water point in the chimp nursery just like the big chimps have. This water points imitate termite hills and, apart from the obvious drinking spot, they are a great enrichment for the animals as they have to work for the water by pressing a “hidden” button. Although Gah learned quite quickly how to use it, it took some time for our keeper Killi to teach the two small ones to drink from it. We hope this addition will help them when they go to the adult group.IMG_3250

We have also put pipes with water running all day in the guenons and mangabeys enclosures so they always have fresh water. They also use them as showers!

Until our next update.


Today’s is a post of welcomes.

The 5th of May another young monkey arrived. This time a juvenile putty-nosed guenon, Cercopithecus nictitans, was handed to us by a MINFOF official from Idenau. He had found this young female tied to a boat on the beach in a small village called Bibunde. No persons were around, so he, as a MINFOF official, confiscated the guenon, and brought it to us. It is illegal to keep any monkey in captivity without permission in Cameroon.  We call her Bibunde. Bibunde is now in quarantine and will have to stay there for three months and go through three health checks before she can join our group of six other putty-nosed guenons.

Welcome Bibunde!!!


We want to welcome our new volunteer Jenn Draiss who arrived on Monday and is staying with us for three months. Jenn is a primatology student from New York. We are sure she will have a great experience and enjoy herself a lot. We are very happy she is here.

Welcome Jenn!!!

More info on our volunteer programs on

News from Limbe

Here a little update from LWC. The last month we didn’t receive any new animals, but we have been busy improving the conditions for the ones that are already here.

For our group of mandrills we have build new climbing structures and some platforms. The group consists of 12 mandrills in all sizes. In a month Bibindi, the small mandrill we received a few months ago will join the group. The mandrills are very happy for their new enrichment.

We have also started building a new climbing structure for the group two gorillas. We do the climbing structure bit by bit, as we don’t want to keep the gorillas in for many days in a row. On the picture you see the first part of the structure. We still need to add more, and then put up a lot of ropes and tires to make it more fun for the gorillas.

Gorilla climbing structure

Our baby chimpanzees have also got a new climbing structure and a pool. To begin with they didn’t really dare to use the pool, so we had to go with them. On the picture you see Mayos (with a big smile) and our vet. volunteer Ann (also with a big smile) playing in the water.

Mayos pool

As our big chimpanzee enclosure is next to the river, we have had a lot of problems with floods during the rainy season. Therefore we have now started building a 200-meter long embankment wall between the enclosure and the river. The chimpanzees follow the work with big interest!

All though we didn’t receive any new animals the last weeks, we did move some of the animals around. All our guenon babies stay together in a safe and warm cage with extra heating. Spot, the putty-nosed guenon that arrived last year in December has long been big enough to join our group of adult guenons, but since it was rainy season, where the animals are more fragile, we didn’t dare to move him. Now the dry season is here, and a few weeks ago we introduced him to the adult guenon group. The introduction went very well. In the group we have two female putty-nosed, Douala and Motumba. They loved Spot right away and are grooming him all the time. I am sure that Spot will have very nice life in that group!

Spot introduction



Update from LWC

For long you haven’t heard from us, but that is only because we have been very busy here. Lots of things have happened and I want to give you a small update on some of the animals here in LWC.

“Ako”, the young baboon that arrived in June has now finished her quarantine period. She has now been moved to a satellite cage next to the baboon enclosure. Here she will slowly be introduced to our baboon group. Yesterday she met “Mish Mish”, one of our female baboons. They made friends right away. Hopefully in a few weeks “Ako” will be fully integrated in the group.

Ako Sep 2010

The two small babies, “Mundemba” (a putty-nosed guenon) and “Manoka” (a mona monkey) are also doing fine. The first months we took them home every night to feed them during the night, but now they stay in the centre in a big cage. They love each other and it gives them a lot of comfort to have each other. When they are getting a little bit bigger we will introduce them to our group of young guenons.

Mundemba and Manoka

We didn’t receive any new primates since June, but a month ago a worker from the local waste company brought in two tiny squirrels that he had found in a waste bin. They were only weighing 60 gram each on arrival. Our vet. volunteer Ann fell in love with them right away, and she has been hand rearing them. Today they are weighing 200 grams and they are almost ready for release.


Unfortunately we also had a death within the last months. Our old mandrill “Man Alone” died on Saturday the 7th of August. He was on of our oldest animals here. He arrived in the beginning of the 1980’s when the place was still called Victoria Zoo. He was placed alone in a tiny cage, but when the zoo was transformed into Limbe Wildlife Centre he was moved to a much more spacious enclosure. With time more mandrills arrived and he became the dominant male of the group. Within in last years he started to be weaker and the leadership of the group was taken over by another male called “Prosper”.  “Man alone” was almost 30 years old when he died, and was probably one of the oldest mandrills in the world. He was very special for all of us who work here, and we had a big burial ceremony for him. He is buried next to our mandrill enclosure. We will never forget you “Man alone”.

Man alone

Best wishes


Update LWC

First of all, sorry for being silent for such a long time. We have been very busy with all sorts of things, but blogging was not among them. I will try to give a small update about a few things that are going on.


The situation with the parrots has calmed down now. We still take care of more than 400 parrots and they will stay with us for a while. These are the parrots that were not releasable right away, because their wing feathers were clipped or glued. Our vet team has worked really hard to bring each parrot under aneastasia and pluck their feathers. This way the feathers will regrow faster and we will be able to release these birds in a couple of months.

mona monkey

We recently received a young mona guenon from a family in Douala. Although the family had contacted us themselves about the monkey, they were very sad to see her leave. When we picked up the monkey several people were crying. It just shows that many people buy monkeys because they really love them. They do not realize that a monkey belongs in the forest and just think it would make a nice pet. Only when the monkey grows up they find out that it is impossible to give it the proper care it needs. It is therefore important to raise awareness about this, so good-willing people can make better decisions.

Finally, we are very sad about the changes that have taken place at Wildlife Direct. We think the initiative to start Wildlife Direct was great and it has given us the opportunity to raise a lot of funds. Unfortunately Wildlife Direct was not able to raise enough funds themselves to continue all the work they did. As a result the paypal option on this blog has disappeared since the beginning of April. We are trying to set up a new construction with the help of Stichting Weesaapjes, an organization in the Netherlands that raises funds for the Limbe Wildlife Centre. I hope we will soon have this set up, so we can again receive donations from all of you. In the last two years you have been very kind to us and because of your generosity we were able to do so much more for the animals in our care.

Best wishes,


New home for guenons

The guenon monkeys have a new home! Where it used to be a marsh, we now have a very spacious enclosure for 5 different species of guenons. In the last week we moved all the monkeys and new groups were formed. The Preuss’ monkeys and the Red-eared monkeys form one group. These species are both rather calm and do well together. On the other side we have a group of Putty-nosed monkeys, Moustached monkeys and one Crowned guenon. These three species have much more temperament and also form a good team. All monkeys have much more space than before so they are enjoying themselves a lot. One side of the enclosure has a mango tree inside and the other a big stump of a tree that fell down last year in the big storm, so there are some natural climbing structures.

red eared in new enclosure

Many donations made it possible to build this enclosure. ProWildlife from Germany was our biggest sponsor, but the pipes and part of the mesh came in a container from San Diego Zoo. On top of that we used money that we raised with this blog. We would like to thank all our readers that have donated us through this blog. Our monkeys truely appreciate your support.

Best wishes, Simone

Spot has a monkey friend!

I just wanted to show you this picture of Spot and Unity. After a week of carefully introducing the two to each other, they are good friends now. Spot is no longer afraid of Unity. Instead they are grooming each other, playing, running and jumping together. It is not so easy to get them on a picture, because they are too mobile!


For Spot this is the start of his rehabilitation. He has been with people for a long time, tied to a rope around his waist. He will have to learn again the rules of the monkey world. Unity has already spent some time with other monkeys in quarantine. While the others moved on, she had to stay because she had a problem with her tail. It started with a small wound that did not heal and got worse and worse. In the end part of her tail had to be amputated, but as she is picking the wound it still does not heal well. Hopefully her new playmate will keep her mind off the wound, so it will finally get better.

Best wishes,


Rehabilitation of a putty-nosed monkey

First of all I would like to wish all our readers and supporters all the best for the new year. You have been great for us in the last year and thanks to your help we have been able to do so much more for the animals in our care. I would like to thank you for that and hope that you will stay part of the LWC family in the years to come!

Today is the fourth day of Spot’s introduction to another young monkey: Unity. It is not going very well yet, because Spot is very afraid. But every day something new happens and hopefully he will soon learn to appreciate some non-human company.


Every day I go with Spot into Unity’s cage to let the two meet each other. Spot is very attached to people, so when I go into the cage he just clings to me. Unity is curious, so she comes up to us and wants to smell, touch and groom him. Today for the first time he let her do it. She started with the tip of his very long tail and worked her way up. Spot became completely passive, just hanging on me. Unity reached his head, poked in his nose, looked at his teeth (like someone checks a horse!) and then, I think by accident, stuck a finger in his eye. Right away he was scared again.


A little later I left them alone for a while, but Spot kept on running with Unity on his tail. So I went in again and took Spot back to his own cage. Tomorrow we will change it around: put Unity in the smaller cage that is now Spot’s home. Then Spot can take some time to get to know the place better.

Most of the time it is not so difficult to put two young monkeys together, but Spot has probably been with people for a long time. He will need some time to get adjusted to monkeys again, but we will just take it slowly with him.

One last picture of Unity:


Best wishes,