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14 Parrots Arrive from Confiscation

On Saturday, 10th November, we received 14 African Grey Parrots that were confiscated near Korup National Park from a smuggler who was on his way to Nigeria. Thankfully, all of the parrots arrived safely to L.W.C. without any deaths during transport.

Currently the parrots are in the stabilization period, and we have made special housing for them in our quarantine facility.

 

Within the next few days, all of the parrots will undergo health checks.

Those who are healthy enough will join the rest of the recovering parrots in the flight cage, and any individuals in need of treatment or close observation will remain in quarantine. As soon as the parrots are healthy, have all of their primary feathers, and are able to fly, they will be released.

 

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.

New Arrival: Amigo

On 31st October, Amigo, a 9 year old male olive baboon (Papio anubis), was rescued and brought to Limbe Wildlife Centre. When he was only 3 months old, he was purchased by a village chief and his wife. At first, Amigo lived with the family, but he soon became aggressive and they locked him into a small dog cage outside. He lived like this for nearly nine years:

Last year, the owners tried to give Amigo vaccinations, and he attacked them. At this point, they decided that he was too aggressive to handle, and contacted authorities. The Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MiNFOF), along with the Last Great Ape organization (LAGA), confiscated Amigo and contacted us. Dr. John went to the village and brought Amigo back to L.W.C., at which point he underwent his first health check. It was clear that Amigo was emaciated – he weighed only 17kg, whereas a male of his age should weigh between 25 and 30kg. When we fed him for the first time, he ate ravenously, first eating the peels of the banana, and then discovering the fruit inside.

Amigo is now in his quarantine period, during which he will undergo 2 more health checks to ensure his health and well-being. His space in quarantine is approximately 6 times wider and 3 times taller than the cage he spent 9 years in, and is filled with branches and ropes. Amigo has been spending a lot of his time in the branches, and is especially alert around feeding time, looking to see what new food he will receive. After his quarantine period, Amigo will be with members of his own species for the first time since his capture from the wild at 3 months old.

Amigo appears to be very relaxed in this new environment, and we look forward to seeing his continued improvement.

Welcomes

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!!!

Bibundi

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 limbewildlife.org.

Two new orphans in Limbe Wildlife Centre

Within the last week, we received two new primates at Limbe Wildlife Centre!

Grey-cheeked mangabey

On the 20th of April Onana Messofelix, a police commissioner living in Buea brought a beautiful male grey-cheeked mangabey infant Lophocebus albigena.  These fascinating monkeys are not native to the Cross-Sanaga region where we are located and so is likely to have come from southern or eastern Cameroon.

The Commissioner’s wife had acquired the animal in Yaoundé, 3 weeks earlier. She wanted to keep the mangabey as a pet, but the husband refused and brought the mangabey to the LWC.  We applaud his efforts to convince his wife that wild animals do not make good pets, and even more so that he brought the young mangabey to the wildlife center.  Thank you, Sir!

We estimate he is more than one year old. We call him Y’de, as he came to us from Yaoundé. He is a bit thin, but is now in our quarantine where the keepers are experts at restoring malnourished animals, and he is getting lots of good food and care.

We hope in future that one of the Cameroon PASA sanctuaries will have a group of this species for our young male to join.

Y'de

Y'de

Female chimpanzee

On the 21st April, barely 24 hours after receiving the mangabey, a LAGA official brought a tiny female chimpanzee to LWC. She had been confiscated from a hunter based in Lolodorf, a small town some kilometers away from Kribi, on the southern coast of the country.  This area is not part of the Cross-Sanaga faunal region so, as in the case of the grey-cheeked mangabey, this little chimpanzee probably does not belong to the endemic subspecies of our region but rather to the Central African supspecies Pan troglodytes troglodytes.

According to the story, the hunter who killed her mother, tried to sell her to a hotel in Kribi, which is a popular resort town.  The hotel owner contacted our government partner MINFOF (Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife) and they organized a joint operation with LAGA to recover the infant. The hunter and his companions were arrested and the chimpanzee was brought to LWC.

We have named her Lolodorf (or Lola), to remind us of her area of origin. On arrival she was dehydrated, tired and very hungry. Lola also had an infected wound on her right arm around the elbow, which was swollen and appeared painful to move.  It was probably inflicted by a shotgun pellet.  These pellets often self-expel, or can be removed surgically once a patient has been stabilized.  We are hoping to perform an x-ray soon to determine if the bone has been cracked. Lola had a high fever.

Lola was rehydrated and placed on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines. Now she is much better, no fever or signs of infection, and she has a good appetite.

She spends her nights in our house, the normal procedure with very young infants, and so we can feed her during the night. During the day, Lola comes to the centre and is cared for by a keeper.  She enjoys hearing the other chimpanzees. Lola is an adorable small chimpanzee: she has only 4 teeth and we estimated her age to be around 6 months.

Lola

Lola

New flight cage for the parrots

The whole Limbe team is very busy taking care of the parrots that we received in the beginning of December.

Last week we finished a 25x4x3 m flight cage for the parrots. The cage is placed in the Botanic Garden just opposite the wildlife centre on the edge of the Bota Hill Forest. The cage has perches in each end and is covered by palm ferns on the sides to make the parrots feel safe. During the night we have a security guard on the spot, to make sure that the parrots will not get stolen. “World Parrot Trust” has paid the construction of the flight-cage.

Flight cage small

This Saturday we moved the first parrots to the cage. Before moving them we check their feather and the ones, who need to have their feathers plucked, stay in the cage in the wildlife centre. We pluck the feathers one the ones that have had their wing-feathers clipped off. In that way the feather will re-grow faster. The parrots are also treated for parasites. “World Parrots Trust” has sent us bands to put on all the birds. When the parrots are released back to the wild, it will be interesting to find out where they go, and see if they end up here again. The catching and moving of the parrots early in the morning, so the parrots will not overheat.

Treating parrots small

So far we have moved almost 300 parrots to the flight cage. From the new group we have many strong birds with intact feathers.

Moving parrots small

The parrots get a variety of food. We are trying many different fruits, leaves, seeds and vegetables to find out what they prefer.

We have changed the way of feeding, where we before always feed in feeders on the floor, we have now moved the feeders up on platforms, and the parrots seems to like that.

It takes a lot of time, people and money to take care of the parrots and we really appreciate all the organizations and people that have already given us support. I am sure that the parrots are happy too.I have just passed by the new flight cage and the parrots are eating, singing and making happy sounds!

If you want to support us, please go to our website: www.limbewildlife.org and choose the button: ‘make a donation’ under ‘Limbe Wildlife Centre’. Thank you very much! We need and appreciate every donation we get, and will make sure that the money goes directly to animal care.

Best wishes,

Sofie

Three new orphaned primates

Within 5 days we have received 3 new orphaned primates. All of them are victims of the illegal bush meat trade. Primates are considered a delicacy, so they are hunted for their meat. But young animals are worth more alive, so when a mother is killed the baby is taken to be sold as a pet.

arrival Ako

Last Thursday a young female baboon was brought to the Limbe Wildlife Centre by officials of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. At a border control post in Ako they had confiscated the baboon from some people who wanted to smuggle her to Nigeria. They took care of the monkey for a few days until they had the opportunity to travel to Limbe and hand her over to us. When she arrived she was still tied in box where they had found her. Apart from a superficial wound on her leg she was okay. She is now in the quarantine and doing very well.

Mundemba rescue

Just one day later Sofie went to pick up a baby putty-nosed monkey that was confiscated in Mundemba by an ecoguard of Korup National Park. A German woman had taken care of the baby for a few days after the confiscation. The monkey has a broken and infected tail and she is very skinny. When we just received her she was very scared, but in the few days she is here she has completely changed. She is eating and drinking well and more and more playful.

two babies

And then finally someone showed up in our office yesterday with a really tiny little mona monkey. He had found the monkey in a village where children were playing with it. He took it from them and brought it to us. The monkey weighs only 270 grams and was badly dehydrated. He is not very fond of milk, but we drip it bit by bit into his mouth. This morning he was already much better. And he is very brave and playful. The two baby monkeys are now together in one play pen and are doing very well. At night they go home with us. All new arrivals have been named after the village they are from: Ako, Mundemba and Manoka.

Best wishes, Simone

Release of Parrots

The Limbe Wildlife Centre is releasing the Grey parrots that were confiscated on Douala Airport. We are experimenting with a soft release method because we want to make sure that the survival of the birds is as high as possible. The idea is to keep a small group of parrots for a short while in a cage on the release site. After a few days the parrots are completely relaxed and they eat well. When the cage is opened the feeding will continue, so the parrots can choose either to go or to come back for some more food.

release

The first 24 parrots have been release with this method. All of them flew off immediately and did not come back. The food we leave on top of the cage has been untouched for 3 days. Well, release successful, but maybe we could have released them right away as well…

Best wishes, Simone

Jake meets his family

Thank you so much everybody for your encouraging words after yesterday’s sad news. It means a lot for us. Today we have some good news to tell you; maybe you remember Jake, the mandrill who came here in September after having spent 7 years alone in a garden, being somebody’s “guard-dog”? Today he has finally been introduced to a friend of his own kind.

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After spending 3 months in our quarantine he was moved to a cage next to the mandrill-enclosure a few weeks ago. We suspected that it would be a bit difficult to introduce him to the group as he probably hasn’t seen another mandrill since he was a baby, and as we already have one adult male in the group. Probably Jake has forgotten, or never learned to “speak” mandrill language or to behave like a mandrill. It can make his life in the group rather difficult. Therefore we are going to do the introduction very slowly.

Today, we let another mandrill into Jake’s cage for the first time. It was Kribi, a young male, that normally is very friendly. We were all very excited about what was going to happen when Kribi and Jake would meet each other, but the answer is: Nothing! The whole day they have been sitting each in one side of the cage, pretending not to look at each other. They have just been eating a lot. Well, I guess it is a good start. At least Jake doesn’t seem scared of Kribi or want to fight with him. We will keep you updated on how it goes when Jake meets the rest of the mandrill group!

Best wishes, Sofie

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.

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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.

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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:

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Best wishes,

Simone