Sep 9, 2009
Little Kenza, like all of the orphans at Sanaga-Yong Center, lost her mother to hunters; she is a by-product of the illegal trade in chimpanzee meat. Kenza is young and had most certainly been clinging to her mother when she was killed.
The priest who had been holding Kenza voluntarily relinquished her to Sanaga-Yong Center on May 15th. He drove 70 miles - about half way to the Center - on very bad roads to bring her to our staff in the town of Bertoua.
Kenza was dehydrated, undernourished, full of lice and battling a skin infection. On the ride to Sanaga-Yong Center she gave several pant hoots, a common chimpanzee greeting and an assertion of self. This sign of self confidence is unusual in chimpanzees as young as Kenza.
Today, Kenza has physically healed and lives with five other chimpanzees - Ginger, Shy, Arvid, Tilly and Daniel - in a forested enclosure. Despite her small size, she is very strong, and spends much of the day high in the trees munching on wild fruits.
Kenza prefers to keep to herself most days, her big eyes are often sad. Her emotional healing has only begun, and she will need the love and support of her adoptive family to help her continue to recover.
IDA-Africa has recently learned of another young chimpanzee who is illegally held in captivity; alone and scared. In collaboration with Last Great Ape Organization , we are working to ensure that her captors are prosecuted and she is safely confiscated and brought to Sanaga-Yong Center where she will live in peace with love and friendship from her adoptive family.
Only with the help of caring people around the world were we able to help Kenza and all of the other orphans as Sanaga-Yong Center, and it is only with continued support that we will be able to help the baby we've just learned of and others like her.
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