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LWC April Newsletter

Limbe Wildlife Centre’s April 2013 Newsletter is now available! Click the link below.

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December Newsletter

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November Newsletter

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October Newsletter

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Genet and Dwarf Crocodile arrivals

In the past few days, we have received 2 new arrivals. On Sunday, the 30th of September, we received a male small-spotted genet, who is approximately 2 months old. At a factory in Douala, they had been sawing trees, and discovered a mother genet with two babies. The mother fell to the floor and escaped, and one baby had been injured by the saw blade. The injured baby was taken to a veterinarian and euthanasia was used due to the nature of the injuries. The second baby, who had been named Ozzy, was brought to us, and we are currently bringing him home every night and feeding milk every few hours. Once he is weaned and strong enough, he will be released back into the wild.

Small-spotted genets are found throughout Africa, and are a solitary species. They have spotted bodies and a long black and white ringed tail, as well as retractable claws. Their diet consists mainly of small mammals and insects, including bats, birds, reptiles, amphibians, millipedes, and centipedes.

This morning, the 3rd of October, a man brought in a dwarf crocodile that he found on his farm. He kept the crocodile for 2 days before bringing it in, and had tied the mouth shut with wire and the feet behind the crocodile’s back with rope.

The crocodile was examined by our vet team, and the ropes and wire were removed. His legs were quite stiff from being tied behind his back for 2 days, and he is not able to move them well. We have placed him on painkillers and are currently observing him in quarantine to make sure that his movement improves.

As soon as we are sure that he is healthy, the dwarf crocodile will be released into the wild.

Construction Projects

The past few months have been very busy with construction around LWC. The second gorilla fence, for Arno’s group, was just recently completed, and is much more stable than the previous fence. We’re also preparing to build a third satellite enclosure, as we will soon need to make a bachelor’s group of three males in order to ensure group stability and prevent fighting for dominance in Chella’s group.

The new fence for Arno’s group.

This space will be used to create a 3rd satellite in the smaller gorilla enclosure.

We are also in the process of building new climbing structures on the island chimpanzee enclosure, thanks to support from Born Free Foundation and Stichting Weesaapjes. So far, two structures have been built, and construction on more continues. The chimpanzees love the new climbing structures so far, and the juveniles particularly enjoy swinging from the ropes!

The posts for the new climbing structures,  from sustainable Eucalyptus grown in Bamenda, are very heavy and took many LWC staff members to unload.

LWC staff members building a chimp climbing structure.

The chimpanzees are enjoying the new climbing structures!

Juvenile chimpanzees, like Koto, are particularly enjoying the new ropes!

Our nursery chimpanzee group grew to 5 individuals early in 2012, leaving us in desperate need of a larger satellite enclosure. Construction on the new enclosure has just begun, and the new space will be much, much larger. This will allow the infants to be much more comfortable, and will ensure that we have space for any new arrivals. The old satellite will be used as an additional quarantine cage – also needed, as quarantine houses new arrivals, as well as individuals in hospitalization.

Construction has begun on the new nursery chimpanzee satellite.

Billy arrived in early 2012, and was the 5th chimpanzee to join the nursery group.

In the mandrill enclosure, new climbing structures were built. The mandrills seemed to enjoy watching the construction, and couldn’t wait to try out the new structures! Repairs were also made to the mandrill satellite. Satellites are very important, as they provide shelter during rainy season, allow animals to be separated for observation, and provide space for healing individuals after hospitalization.

Micky Robinson on one of the new mandrill climbing structures.

There are many projects underway as we work to give all of the animals at LWC the best possible quality of life!



September Newsletter

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LWC September ’12 Newsletter

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Bakumba Joins Group

Bakumba, a young putty-nose monkey, arrived in May. Upon arrival, she was very sick and in terrible condition.

After passing her quarantine period, during which she was treated and cared for until she was deemed to be in good health, we introduced her to the baby guenon group, which currently includes Warbay, a preuss monkey, Bomoko, a red-eared guenon, and Akak and Eboeva, mona monkeys . When joining the group, Bakumba was nervous, as it was her first time being with other monkeys since the death of her family and her capture from the wild.

She was immediately welcomed by the babies, who groomed and inspected her closely.

Each day Bakumba is becoming more comfortable with the others, and is spending the majority of her time with Bomoko. This period of socialization is extremely important for Bakumba before she joins the large guenon group!

Gorilla Fence Completed

In early July, we began construction on a new fence for our large gorilla enclosure, which houses Chella’s group. The old fence had become flimsy and was no longer stable, and the gorillas were constantly working to figure out ways to push it down. This led to a desperate need for a new fence, as a gorilla escape would have been a very dangerous situation. Below, you can see Akiba pushing on the old fence.

The old gorilla fence




























Akiba testing the old fence


The new fence, which is much more stable than the previous fence, is now complete. The gorillas watched the entire construction process carefully, and Pitchou immediately began testing the fence. She found a large stick, which she carried to the edge of the enclosure, and used it to poke in between the electrical wires. Pitchou spent a good portion of the day sticking various objects in between the wires around the entire fence, and seemed satisfied in the end!









LWC staff working on the new gate for the gorilla enclosure











Putting up the new electric wiring












The completed new fence!



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.