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.