This 10-month-old chimpanzee hasn’t had the easiest start in life. Though he is now cared for by kind caregivers, Farah once lived in chains after being seized by wildlife traffickers who killed his mother.
Sadly, his story is not unusual. Every year, millions of helpless animals are orphaned as a result of poaching or human negligence. In fact, the illegal industry generates a profit of five to 20 million dollars annually. Even if the trade does result in species going extinct, many poachers do not care as it is profitable short-term.
Fortunately, Farah is now living a good live at Mefou Sanctauary, Ape Africa’s safe haven which is located in Cameroon, Africa. The non-profit is focused on the conservation of chimpanzees, monkeys and gorillas.
When Farah first arrived at the sanctuary, he was distrustful of humans and shied away from the strange sights and sounds. The patent caretakers eventually earned his trust, however. Now, he’s realizing humans aren’t all that bad.
In the photo below, Farah curiously looks at his caregiver, Stephanie.
On day two, he allowed Stephanie to groom him gently on the head.
On day three, Farah started playing with toys that were given to him. The chew toys aid the development of his teeth. Soft things are for him to carry around as they are comforting.
The same day, Farah allowed an Ape Action Africa volunteer vet to treat the wounds around his waist from where he was tied up tightly by a metal constraint.
The vet was also able to treat Farah for tapeworm and clean up his baby tail, which was hardened with excrement due to a hard life in captivity.
Though Farah is still uncomfortable with being picked up, he is willing to sit with his caregivers. Usually, he places one small hand on their knee.
Farah’s case may not be unique, but the little guy is himself. We’re grateful he’s now being cared for by the Mefou Primate Sanctuary. Learn more about the amazing work Ape Action Africa does by clicking here.
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