In September 2020, the Director of JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre, Dr Rebeca Atencia, rescued an infant male chimp from a private residence in Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo. He was orphaned and alone.

Despite the hardship that we can only imagine he faced, the orphaned chimp was in good health. When rescued, he had a mild parasitic infection and initial anxious behaviour, due to the psychological trauma associated with being in captivity.

Once he arrived at his new home at Tchimpounga he quickly relaxed. The hard times were behind him. His carers named him Covid, as a reminder that the fight for the protection of wild primates continues, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Once Covid completes his quarantine period, he’ll join the other youngsters at Tchimpounga – George, Kabi, Vienna, Tina, Ebelle, Perrine, and Zeze in the Nursery group. The hard days are behind him and we can’t wait to watch Covid thrive with his newfound family at Tchimpounga.

All photographs by Fernando Turmo/JGI

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