Great Apes Giving Day

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Great Apes Giving Day

September 25 @ 12:00 am - 11:30 pm at Online

While the greatest threat to chimpanzees remains habitat loss, the illegal trade and bushmeat hunting are increasingly driving our closest relatives to extinction. Despite Tacugama’s successful sensitization and outreach efforts, baby orphaned chimpanzees continue to arrive at our doorstep.

As part of an emergency appeal, we are seeking your support to construct 3 new dens connected by a tunnel system which would cost 10k USD. The welfare and security of the chimps in the Sanctuary’s quarantine section have recently been jeopardized due to the arrival of 4 new rescued orphans – Lilly, Ana, Monro and Rocco. We now have 5 infant chimps including Flavour. As a result, our already overcrowded quarantine area urgently requires a complete overhaul to provide a healthy environment for the rehabilitation of our chimps.

The additional pressure caused by the new chimps’ arrival is compounded by the unreliable state of our dens following 25 years of exposure to heavy rains and elements that have rusted the iron rods. Cracks in the concrete floor have also emerged, which has caused the entrapment of parasites thus posing serious health risks. To enable easier cleaning and avoid preventable diseases, the ground surface of our proposed design will be covered with ceramic tiles.

We are concerned about the well-being of our chimps, as impoverished environments have been associated with increased maladaptive behaviors. Larger dens would not only address our security and congestion concerns, but also provide enough space to incorporate a variety of improvements including social behavior enrichments to replicate the chimps’ natural habitat.

Sadly, without the new dens, Tacugama will also not be able to  accomodate any more orphans requiring rescue from anthropogenic activities. Given the time sensitive nature of this project, please support and share this appeal far and wide!

From the entire Tacugama Team – especially the chimps,

Thank you!!

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