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This is dear little Mayos. She is a beautiful chimpanzee with whom I was so priviledged to spend some time at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. She even fell asleep in my arms one afternoon.

Mayos was seized from a hunter by a missionary family in the forest. She later received 24 hour care from a lovely lady called Sandy. She is now thriving, as you can see from the picture.

The number of chimpanzees in the wild has dropped steadily since 1960. At one time, over one million chimpanzees inhabited more than 25 countries in Africa. Now, scientists think that there are only 150,000 to 235,000 chimpanzees. Only six African countries have healthy wild breeding populations. Chimpanzee habitat has been destroyed to make farmland, to provide trees for the logging industry, and to build roads. Baby chimps are captured for the illegal pet trade.

Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall estimates that for each baby chimp taken as a pet, ten other chimps are killed – one mother and several relatives killed protecting the baby. For every ten babies that take the journey oversees in a small closed crate, only one survives the journey. Do the math on that, and it is 100 dead chimps for each one that makes it to the foreign pet trade – alarm bells should be ringing, but sadly they aren’t ringing loudly or quickly enough.

www.limbewildlife.org

Taken with Nikon D50 using 80-400mm lens

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Comments

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 5 years ago

    beautiful capture , she’s gorgeous.

  • Thanks Jane x

    – ApeArt

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely capture, beautiful portrait

  • Thank you very much :))

    – ApeArt

  • Daveart
    Daveartover 5 years ago

    Excellent shot Jane well composed

  • Thanks Dave :))

    – ApeArt

  • nikki harrison
    nikki harrisonover 5 years ago

    such a beautiful capture. i wonder what she’s thinking about?

  • Yes, I wonder…:)

    – ApeArt

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful pic… discusting how she got here. pochers are sub humans. it makes me mader then a hornet. Chimps as a pet?? what dopes.

  • Yes I know it’s terrible, some people are so utterly deplorable…

    – ApeArt

  • Macky
    Mackyover 5 years ago

    Just wonderful, you’ve captured those beautiful eyes perfectly!!

  • Thank you darling Macky I am so pleased with this pic :))

    – ApeArt

  • nannajul
    nannajulover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful shot Jane. She is absolutely beautiful. I have not met this little one, she was not at LWC during my visit, and Gabon was the baby of the bunch.

    Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall estimates that for each baby chimp taken as a pet, ten other chimps are killed – one mother and several relatives killed protecting the baby.

    I am afraid that it stems much deeper than this and the numbers are actually far more alarming. When baby chimps are taken for exporting for the pet trade [they don’t make good bush meat due to their small size], for every ten that take the journey oversees in a small closed crate, only one survives the journeay. Do the math on that, and it is 100 dead chimps for each one that makes it to the foreign pet trade – alarm bells should be ringing, but sadly they aren’t ringing loudly or quickly enough.

  • Thanks Jul, she is so sweet:) Thanks for the addition info too, all vey alarming…

    – ApeArt

  • Tambala
    Tambalaover 5 years ago

    So good to know that she’s in safe hands, and a really beautiful portrait.
    Very depressing reading, but important that we know.
    Will we see you and Martin at Slimbridge? (sorry if you’ve already told me, but my mind’s in hibernation – aaaagh!)

  • Thanks Tina. When is Slimbridge? I haven’t heard what the date is? :)

    – ApeArt

  • Sheila Smith
    Sheila Smithover 5 years ago

    Jane this is without doubt one of the best photos of a chimp I have seen. The vulnerability in the face, the clarity of the picture and those wonderful eyes. Stunning.
    Despite how wonderful she looks I cannot understand how anyone would want to take one away from its family and have it as a pet. Yours and Julie’s description of the pet trade is very disturbing.

  • Thank you Sheila I’m so glad you like the picture. It does seem incomprehensible what people do to animals, especially ones which look like us. I can understand the hunter’s motive – money. But I can’t understand anything else…

    – ApeArt

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaover 5 years ago

    GORGEOUS! What a stunning capture!

  • Thanks and for adding me to your watchlist I appreciate it :)

    – ApeArt

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