International Veterinary Care, Inc is working hard to help raise funds to assit The Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone, Africa to build a new safe and secure home for the orphaned chimpanzees that call the sanctuary home. Our goal is to raise $10,000 USD to pay for materials, supplies and labor (welder, masonar, plumber, etc.) to upgrade the baby chimpanzee holding facility at the sanctuary. The chimpanzees of Sierra Leone are a flagship species of the tropical forest and woodland areas and play a key role in maintaining the health and diversity of their ecosystem. As a critically endangered animal on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, they need your help now, more than ever. Founded in 1995, the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to roughly 85 chimpanzees in 8 different groups. The Sanctuary provides a “Safe and natural haven for rescued chimpanzees with the ultimate aim that in the future they can be released back to the wild.”
Most chimpanzees that arrive at the sanctuary are less than five years old and would normally still be suckling milk from their mothers. Many are mistreated by their previous owners, injured, malnourished or disabled; they have been abandoned or illegally sold as pets. In most cases the mothers, and sometimes the whole family, have been hunted as part of the illegal bushmeat trade or as a result of human-wildlife conflict and their young have been sold as pets by the poachers. Baby chimpanzees in the wild get 24-hour attention from their mothers, needing a lot of stimulation and strict feeding schedules. The Sanctuary strives to provide the required space and enrichment these babies need to develop their mental capacities and recover from possible previous trauma that is both safe and protected. Ten babies are living in a cage that was originally designed for transition from quarantine to integration into groups. The space is too small for adequate young chimpanzee care and the existing structure lacks the integrity to withstand the strength and energy of these curious and destructive babies. Your donation for the Sanctuary will provide a larger, well-enriched space to improve the individual welfare of each chimpanzee as well as successful group cohesion. With the constrcution, the existing facility will be extended, thorough maintenance of the structures will be performed and high-quality materials will be used to guarantee the safety and health of the chimpanzees. Incorporation of structural enrichment such as ropes, ladders, climbing structures will stimulate play and locomotive behavior, encouraging social relationships, therefore reducing stress and anxiety. Please join IVC in helping to raise the funds needed to provide these orphan chimpanzees in Sierra Leone a safe and enriching environement. Every dollar will make a difference in the lives of the critically endangered Western Chimpanzees. If you would like to know more about the details of the project, please feel free to email us at email@example.com, we would love to share.