Kefan. Photo: Jane Goodall Institute
The Jane Goodall Institute is well-known for there exemplary research, rehabilitation, and rescue programs of chimpanzees.
Here is a report on one of the chimpanzees, Kefan:
“Kefan is a male chimpanzee who lives at JGI’s Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of Congo. Recently, Kefan made an exciting move from the current, over-crowded santuary site to Tchibebe Island, one of three lush, forested island habitats JGI is readying for the transfer of over 100 chimpanzees.
Kefan is extremely gentle and calm, and it is these characteristics that made him an excellent candidate for release onto Tchibebe. Kefan is now able to roam the forest of Tchibebe with other chimpanzees, climbing trees and foraging for food in a completely safe environment.
The only individual who is not so happy about Kefan’s move is Kefan’s friend, Yoko. Yoko is a shy, low-ranking chimpanzee who frequently looks to his friend Kefan for protection when the other chimpanzees in their group got a bit too rambunctious. Generous Kefan would also often share food with Yoko. But now, with Yoko still living at the old sanctuary site, they are separated.
Happily, once Tchibebe is prepared for the release of more chimpanzees, Yoko will be reunited with his buddy Kefan once again.”
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