In December 2017, LCRP purchased a 25 year lease on 100 acres of forested land from the local community. This was a huge step forward for the establishment of the sanctuary, as we now have a real place to call home – our Hundred Acre Wood!
This land is set in the Marshall Wetlands, a beautiful and important estuarine habitat with vast mangrove forests and unique biodiversity. The area is a proposed protected area, meaning long term security, community partnerships and ecotourism opportunities.
The orphaned chimps will have access to more natural surroundings, helping them develop as healthy, happy chimps.
Plans also include facilities for veterinary care, quarantine, nursery, an outdoor socializing yard and indoor overnight facilities. All of these are vital to the continuing care of chimps whose lifespans are 50 - 60 years of age.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The chimpanzee orphans at LCRP's sanctuary in West Africa are tragically victims of the bushmeat and live pet trades whose mothers were killed. They are only with LCRP because they need 24/7 care and are being rehabilitated so they can live once again in a natural setting with other chimpanzees, where they belong. Chimps ARE NOT and SHOULD NOT be PETS or be forced to live with humans! Thank you!!