STUNNING PHOTOS OF ORPHANED CHIMPANZEES AT WEST AFRICAN SANCTUARY

STUNNING PHOTOS OF ORPHANED CHIMPANZEES AT WEST AFRICAN SANCTUARY

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The Chimpanzee Conservation Centre (CCC) is a sanctuary and a rehabilitation centre for rescued orphaned chimps in West Africa. Located on the banks of the River Niger in the Haut Niger National Park in Somoria, Guinea, the centre covers around 6,000 square kilometres of savannah and forest.

Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Keeper Albert Wamouno feeds Missy after a bushwalk at the Chimpanzee Conservation CentreDan Kitwood/Getty Images

Established in 1997, CCC is supported by Project Primate, a US not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the protection and preservation of chimpanzees in West Africa and around the world. The centre currently looks after 50 western chimpanzees, one of the most endangered sub-species of chimpanzee. Most of the babies were snatched from their family groups for the pet trade or orphaned when their mothers were killed for bushmeat.

The centre rehabilitates and cares for the animals, and ultimately aims to release them back into the wild, a process that takes more than 10 years. When they arrive at the centre, the baby chimpanzees often have serious health conditions that need round-the-clock care, such as skin and respiratory diseases. They often have psychological disorders related to abuse and captivity, as well as malnutrition.

Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
French volunteer Audrey Lenormand, 27, holds ten-month-old Soumba, the 50th baby chimpanzee to arrive at the CCCDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Spanish veterinary volunteer Christina Collell performs a health check on new arrival Kanda, a five-month-old chimp who was rescued from traffickersDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
French volunteer Audrey Lenormand, 27, holds ten-month-old Soumba for the first time. Soumba was recently rescued from traffickersDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Surrogate mothers Anissa Aidat, 23, and Audrey Lenormand, 27, hold new arrivals Kanda and Soumba. Both animals will spend their first three months with their surrogate mothersDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
French volunteer Anissa Aidat, 23, holds new arrival Kanda, who will spend his first three months with surrogate mother Anissa, quarantined away from other animalsDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
The baby chimpanzees take an interest as French volunteer Audrey Lenormand, 27, attempts to learn Malinke, one of the local languagesDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Ten-month-old Soumba is left alone momentarily for the first time since her arrival at the Chimpanzee Conservation CentreDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
A portrait of of Missy at the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre in Somoria, GuineaDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
The nursery group are given milk substitute ahead of their bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Keeper Daouda Keita collects the baby group from their enclosure for their first bushwalk at the Chimpanzee Conservation CentreDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Keeper Sekou Kourouma takes the nursery group on a bushwalk at the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre. The nursery group are in the early stages of gaining their independence, and look to keepers and volunteers for reassurance during their daily outingsDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Keeper Sekou Kourouma takes the nursery group across the savannah during their daily bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
One of the chimps takes a closer look at keeper Fayer Kourouma during their forest bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Albert Wamouno interacts with Hawa during a bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Keeper Albert Wamouno interacts with Hawa during a bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images

 

Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Albert Wamouno interacts with Hawa, rescued from poachers who had killed and eaten Hawa’s motherDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Five-year-old Labé enjoys one of her daily bushwalks at the Chimpanzee Conservation CentreDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Keeper Sekou Kourouma listens to music on his phone as some of the nursery group play during a bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Missy and Hawa groom each other during their daily bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images

 

Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Noel hangs from trees over the River Niger during one of his daily bushwalksDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
One of the baby group swings in trees during a bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
One of the baby group drinks from the River Niger during a bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Three-year-old Hawa sits in the shallows of the River Niger during one of her daily bushwalksDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Keeper Kouyate Konio and volunteer Anissa Aidat bond with members of nursery group during a bushwalk at the Chimpanzee Conservation CentreDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Dominant male of the group Sam lays in grassland during a bushwalk in the savannahDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
One of the baby group swings in trees during a bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Camille Le Maire, 27, from Nice in France, struggles with several of the nursery group after an afternoon bushwalkDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Keeper Albert Wamouno lets the adult chimpanzees back into their enclosure for their evening meal at the Chimpanzee Conservation CentreDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Shelly stands in a tree in her enclosure at the Chimpanzee Conservation CentreDan Kitwood/Getty Images
Chimpanzee Conservation Centre Somoria Guinea
Sory Keira interacts with 12-year-old Lobai through the enclosure fence at the Chimpanzee Conservation CentreDan Kitwood/Getty Images

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