Africa: Suena spent 14 years in a cage and was granted a rehabilitation program. You can help make this happen for other chimpanzees

Posted in 16/11/2017

Suena is currently meeting more chimps and building new friendships (PASA)

From PASA (Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance)

Suena the chimpanzee, named after the run-down “sanctuary” he lived in, was locked alone in a filthy cage for 14 years. He could never feel the touch of another chimp, climb a tree, or feel the grass at his feet.

His “caregivers” weren’t given enough money to feed Suena or the other animals that lived there. Kept in barbaric conditions, Suena developed signs of emotional trauma.

Poplap, a young female chimpanzee, was trapped in the same horrific facility as Suena. They were never allowed to interact.

When rescuers found Poplap, her ribs were visible and she sat in the corner of her cage among piles of rubbish.

A move that saved their lives

Rescuers arrived to save Suena, Poplap and the other neglected animals at the sanctuary. With your support, PASA was able to fund all the expenses to bring the animals to their new homes. Suena and Poplap were moved to Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center, a PASA member in the Democratic Republic of Congo that cares for victims of wildlife trafficking and poaching.

Suena arrived at Lwiro frightened and malnourished after years of neglect. He had developed severe anxiety from the horrors of his past. Even after meeting Poplap, Suena’s anxiety remained. He lashed out, becoming aggressive to anyone who came near him. Poplap was able to happily join an established chimp family, but Suena struggled to overcome his trauma.
It was clear that something needed to change.

Help arrives to help Suena

With the help of PASA’s Primate Care Training Program, two behavioral experts from Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre arrived at Lwiro to help integrate Suena into a chimpanzee group.

The instructors worked with the local staff, giving them the confidence and skills to find a solution for Suena. With their assistance, Lwiro staff were able to open the doors between Suena and another male chimp. When it went well, they did it again with another chimp! For the first time without bars, Suena played and laughed with his new friends, Wima and Sherif.

You can help with donations

Suena is only the beginning. PASA is sending highly experienced instructors to the sanctuaries to provide customized training for all their animal care staff.

High quality care is vital to these animals, many of whom, like Suena, require specialized treatment to recover from the physical and psychological trauma they endured.

It costs $3000 to bring the Primate Care Training Program to one sanctuary. With a donation of only $30, you will give one primate the specialized care they need.

The PASA Board pledged to match all donations received before the end of the year, up to a total of $10,000. Double Your Impact with a donation today.

You can improve the wellbeing of the apes and monkeys in PASA member wildlife centers. Give another chimp like Suena a second chance at happiness.

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