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Guardiannews 02-2012 Jane Goodall Institute Netherlands

Transport to Tchimpounga

Packaging the X-ray equipment

Late June, a telephone call from Tchimpounga, Congo Brazzaville. If we could order fencing material (insulators, batteries, solar panels, etc.) for the electric fence on the first island Tchindzoulou, ship via airfreight to Tchimpounga. This because of the tight schedule to make optimal use of the dry period. An attempt to get the goods delivered by the Spanish branch of the company in question was not successful, and the pressure to deliver the goods on time was very high. The message was not completely out of the blue. We were just working on a cargo with various donated goods for the clinic of Tchimpounga but were not sure yet if we would ship by sea of air. Among the donated goods was a blood test apparatus with accessories donated by Dierenartsenpraktijk Barendrecht in Zutphen and an X-ray apparatus donated by the veterinarian Serge Belleflamme from Dalhem, Belgium. On behalf of the vet Rebeca Atencia of Tchimpounga thank you very much for the donations. JGI Austria and JGI USA paid for the fencing material while JGI Netherlands and JGI Germany paid the airfares, a beautiful collaboration between JGI’s. Arranging transportation wasn’t as simple as sending a package, we now know you can’t do it in a few days. Also sending a mixture of goods, that are not often transported, and the remote

Five pallets ready for transport

Rebeca Atencia(Tchimpounga) with vet Serge Belleflamme

destination, did not help. We certainly have learned about good packing, the maximum height of pallets (1 meter 60), Certificates of Origin for all goods, including the donated items, and MSDS sheets for hazardous goods. But the transport arrived safely in Pointe Noire and the material for the fence is now transported by JGI Congo to the island were it is installed.

The corridor is cleared

The JGI-Congo team, with technical assistance from Debby Cox (JGI-USA Africa Programs) and Matthew Green (Taronga ZooAustralia), is making significant progress toward developing Tchindzoulou Island into the new long-term sanctuary site for the older chimpanzees. The first challenge Matt had to solve was how to dig 900 holes as precisely and quickly as possible. In a country that has no fences, a simple tool like a post-hole digger is a new innovation. After making a prototype to test, the team agreed that five more were needed to accomplish the task in the required timeframe! The first team of post-hole diggers dug down to 30 centimeters just to ensure the accuracy of the position of the holes. Then, the second team of workers with the other four post-hole diggers would come in and dig down to 1 meter. During this dry season, the food preparation building will be built. This building is made possible by donations from the JGI office in Austria, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands (see guardiannews 03-2011).

The staff prepares the line where the posts will be put

Digging the holes for the posts

Plastic posts for the electric fencing Het begin van de “voedselkeuken� en de toiletten

Photo top: Matt with the tool for digging the holes Photo right: The foundation for the food preparation building


‘Chimps’ at Royal Kids fair A wave of excitement filled the packed grounds as man-like chimpanzees (suspiciously looking like CSWCT staff) moved around. Some children ran to their caretakers in fear while others could not wait to touch the ‘chimps’ and take pictures with them. This was at a Royal Kids Fair that was organized by the 20 year old king Oyo Nyimba of Toroo Kingdom, Western Uganda. ‘We used this opportunity to create more awareness about the plight of chimpanzees among the children,’ says CSWCT Information Officer, Evelyn Nalumu.

Safe water for neighboring communities The possibility of safe clean water was just a dream in the fishing villages neighboring Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Now this dream will soon become a reality. CSWCT in partnership with Water Missions-Uganda is looking at the viability of having safe water for the communities. The team from Water Missions-Uganda surveyed the target communities and has had several meetings with the people to agree on their contribution and educate them on the necessity of safe clean water. For the future we hope that it will improve on the health of the people since many of the health problems is due to consumption of dirty water.

Human-wildlife conflict Chimpanzees and other wildlife in Western Uganda often are coming in contact with humans, due to the high rate of deforestation. It is for this reason that CSWCT has established a conservation program in this area to address the humanwildlife conflict through conservation education and equipping the communities with alternative livelihood skills. The latest human-wildlife conflict was a reported case of a baby injured by a chimpanzee. The baby was hospitalized with an injured foot, she is recovering steadily. There is limited land use planning that integrates biodiversity conservation, agricultural production, settlement and other aspects of society development. This has led to a competition for the resources by both humans and wildlife. Concerted effort is required from government, the local people and development partners to overcome this.

Executive Director, CSWCT, Ms. Lilly Ajarova visits the affected family in hospital


Big party with big results! On Saturday, June 2nd there was the big party in Doorn. Paulien and Hans Zuidema had a festive gathering organized for friends and family. The couple Zuidema decided simultaneously to raise money for JGI. “We found it a nice idea of promoting JGI and especially Tchimpounga to our guests” says Paulien Zuidema. “Being long-term donors ourselves, this way we could contribute even more to our favorite charity.”

The party was a success. “We had a wonderful celebration. Everyone really enjoyed it and the weather was very fine, “says Paulien. “The contribution to Tchimpounga was much appreciated: our guests gave together no less than € 1680, - for the project in the Congo!” Paulien and Hans Zuidema: on behalf of the chimps in Tchimpounga thank you for giving this great party!

Update Tchimpounga fire With the help of several donors the repairs were made to all the enclosures damaged by the autumn 2011 fire, the water tank for group 2 was replaced and new temporary stables for the Buffalos were constructed. One of the chimps especially hard hit by the fire is Jorly, a male chimp of approximately twelve years. Jorly had been someone’s pet in Brazzaville, locked up in their backyard. One day he escaped and attacked someone. The police insisted he was put in the zoo. Tchimpounga was asked to take him, but at the time, Tchimpounga had no available space for an adult male. So, he stayed for almost two years, before he could come to Tchimpounga in 2007. Due to his years of isolation for other chimps, Jorly never developed the social skills needed to live in a chimpanzee community and he really considers himself human. When he arrived we tried to first integrate him in with our mothers and infants. But this proved a disaster, with Jorly sitting in the corner, screaming in fear. We tried him with Gregoire and La Vieille, our two oldest and gentlest chimps. He was definitely not comfortable. Before the fire Jorly lived alone in a small enclosure between Group 1 and 3. He seemed very happy in his little home. He could watch everything going on around him, but did not have to participate. Because the fire was reaching his enclosure, Jorly had to jump out. As a consequence Jorly now knows the way out and more frequently escaped after the fire so the staff had to keep him closed in permanently.

Tchimpounga staff replacing the fire-damaged poles

Jorly’s enclosure

Jorly escaping from the fire

Jorly in his enclosure before the fire

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Guardiannews 2012-02  

English chimpguardian newsletter of JGI Netherlands with news from Ngamba Island, Uganda and Tchimpounga in Congo Brazzaville.