Young chimps need space to play. Especially Julius, the two-year-old chimp with only one arm.
But because Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary recently rescued a shockingly high number of 23 orphans from the cruel wildlife trade, the nursery where Julius plays is bursting at the seams.
Although little is known of his history, Julius is a critically endangered western chimpanzee whose parents were likely killed for bushmeat. Unable to survive on his own, he was found in Sierra Leone where PASA member Tacugama coordinated his rescue.
Sadly, Julius had more heartache ahead of him. In August, he was seriously injured by an adult chimpanzee. Because of severe damage to his left arm, the only option for the Tacugama medical team was to amputate. Julius is now able to rejoin the other youngsters, but with so many recently rescued chimps in the nursery, his rehabilitation is challenging.
Help expand the nursery today!
$5: plant a tree
$20: build two stairs for Julius
$50: make a climbing structure
$200: add space for a new orphan
Tacugama needs to triple the size of the chimp nursery, fix wooden poles that are weakened from constant moisture and rains, and repair doors and crumbling cement. The new nursery design will feature artificial termite mounds, rocks, and forest areas to encourage natural behaviors in the young chimps. The renovated enclosure will even include special stairs to a feeding platform for Julius!
More chimps will need to be saved from life-threatening situations soon. To make sure Tacugama never has to turn an orphaned chimp away, improving the nursery is urgent. Together, we need to raise US$8800 for immediate renovation to the nursery. Your donation will provide a future for Julius and 22 other orphaned chimps at Tacugama, and a home for those who will be rescued any day.
Don’t wait, give today -- Julius and his companions are counting on you.