This is Mbam. I cared for him at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. He is named after the forest from where he was taken – Mbam.

A man paid 50,000 CFA (75 euros) for Mbam. He told the Wildlife Centre that it was not the first time he had seen a young chimpanzee in the forest for sale. The first time he had not bought the animal and when he came back a few days later the animal had died. He felt he had to buy this chimpanzee to save its life. The Limbe Wildlife Centre never buys animals because it encourages hunters to get more animals from the forest. The man understood this, but he had felt like he had no choice. Just as they were listening to the man’s story, his phone rang. It was the man from the forest, saying that he had another chimpanzee for sale. This is a very sad illustration of the fact that buying animals really creates.

Taken with Nikon D50.


  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720almost 6 years ago

    How adorable he is.. Great Capture :))

  • yes he is. thank you :))

    – ApeArt

  • Sheila Smith
    Sheila Smithalmost 6 years ago

    He really is adorable

  • Thanks Sheila yes he is :))

    – ApeArt

  • sharon wingard
    sharon wingardalmost 6 years ago

    what a lovely face well done

  • Thank you very much :)

    – ApeArt

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 6 years ago

    awwwww hes so sweet !

  • Yes he is, a real cheeky chimp, kept attacking me until I showed him who’s boss! I reared up and screamed like a chimpanzee and he got the message!

    – ApeArt

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 6 years ago

    Soooooo cute. Wonderful characterful capture. Don.

  • Thanks so much Don

    – ApeArt

  • itsmejenny
    itsmejennyabout 5 years ago


  • thanks so much

    – ApeArt

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