Na República Democrática do Congo, o santuário Tchimpounga, também conhecido pelo nome de Centro de Reabilitação do Chimpanzé Tchimpouga, acolhe três novas residentes, que por mais de dez anos viveram em cativeiro em Angola. Rickita e Johana foram resgatadas de condições de cativeiro do quintal de um homem em Cabinda, norte de Angola, onde viviam ilegalmente com outros dois gorilas e três chimpanzés. Apenas Rickita e Johana sobreviveram. Por sua vez, Tina, com pouco anos de vida, foi resgatada das mãos de traficantes, que a mantinham na parte de trás de uma carrinha para a tentar vender no comércio ilegal.

Johana, que agora tem cerca de 14 anos, não pode ser abordada com segurança por humanos. O primata passou anos sem contato e nunca aprendeu a interagir com outros chimpanzés.

Rickita é apenas dois anos mais nova que Johana, mas tem dois terços do seu tamanho devido à negligência e desnutrição que sofreu. A sua gaiola demasiado pequena e ela passava os dias pressionada contra as barras enferrujadas, estendendo a mão para quem passasse por ela.

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This is Tina. She is one of three chimpanzees who were rescued from desperate conditions being kept as illegal pets in Angola. This is a true JGI Tchimpounga story of hope. Today, thanks to the collaborative work between the Jane Goodall Institute, @ifawglobal , @pasaprimates and the Angolan government, they’re living a new life at JGI’s Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of the Congo. Right now, we're doing everything in our power to protect the chimpanzees in our care, like Tina, Rickita and Johana, from the potential contraction of COVID-19 (as well as wild chimpanzees and local communities across our program countries in Africa). Because humans and chimpanzees are so similar, there is a high threat of transmission between the species. Though there have been no confirmed cases as of yet, previous coronaviruses have passed between the two, as well as other respiratory diseases. Please help us make sure this never happens. Learn more and support their care at shop.janegoodall.org/chimpguardian and/or support our emergency work at janegoodall.org/covid19-support, link in bio. *JGI does not endorse handling or close proximity to wildlife. This represents a sanctuary environment with trained professionals* | #JanetheHope #ChimpGuardian #chimpanzee #chimpanzees #chimpsofinstagram #chimpwelfare #animalwelfare #animalrescue #wildliferescue #wildlifesanctuary #animallovers #cuteanimals #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #endthetrade #wildlife #janegoodall #drjanegoodall #drgoodall

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Numa ação conjunta entre o governo de Angola, o Instituto Jane Goodall, Aliança Santuário Panafricano e o IFAW, as três chimpanzés vivem agora uma nova vida, longe dos maus tratos e num ambiente semelhante ao seu habitat natural, no Congo.

Após a chegada, cada um dos chimpanzés recebeu atendimento individual, exames médicos de rotina e desparasitação para garantir que começassem uma nova vida saudável. Rickita e Johana completaram recentemente o seu período de quarentena e a equipa está a trabalhar para integrá-las a outro grupo de chimpanzés, enquanto Tina será colocada junto de outros bebés.

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Rickita and Johana spent most of their lives in cages.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ A man in Cabinda, Angola was illegally keeping the chimpanzees as pets in his backyard for more than a decade, along with at least two gorillas and three other chimpanzees. Only Rickita and Johana survived.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ They suffered in isolation without bedding, enrichment activities, or structures to climb on. Johana, who is now about 14-years-old, could not be safely approached by humans. As a result, she spent years without contact, never learning to interact with other chimpanzees. Since her cage could not be properly cleaned, she lived surrounded by filth.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Rickita is only two years younger than Johana, yet she is two-thirds her size due to the neglect and malnutrition she endured. Her cage was much smaller and she spent her days pressed against the rusted bars, reaching out for anyone that passed by her.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Another chimpanzee in Cabinda was also in dire need of help. Baby Tina was tied up and stuffed in the trunk of a car by traffickers attempting to smuggle her into the illegal pet trade. Thankfully, authorities seized the infant and arrested the traffickers, who were later convicted for their crimes.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Ready for their new home, Rickita, Johana, and Tina were transported to Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center to receive life-long care. Tchimpounga has three sanctuary islands in the Kouilou River, where the majority of their rescued chimpanzees live in a wild environment, undisturbed.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Upon arrival, each of the chimpanzees received individual care, routine medical tests, and deworming to ensure they began their new lives healthy. Rickita and Johana recently completed their quarantine period and the staff are working to integrate them with another group of chimpanzees, while Tina will be integrated with other babies.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The rescue, care, and translocation was executed by IFAW, @pasaprimates, and @janegoodallinst. We're confident the chimpanzees will make progress thanks to the dedicated work of the staff at Tchimpounga. Tap the link in our bio to support our efforts to give animals like Rickita, Johana, and Tina a better life.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Photos: © Jane Goodall Institute

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Numa publicação no Instagram, o Instituto Jane Goodall, do qual faz parte o santuário Tchimpounga, pede apoio para impedir que o coronavírus possa afectar estes animais.

“Estamos a fazer tudo o que está ao nosso alcance para proteger os chimpanzés sob os nossos cuidados, como a Tina, Rickita e Johana de um potencial contágio de covid-19, tal como todos chimpanzés selvagens e comunidades locais nos países africanos onde está o nosso programa. Como os seres humanos e os chimpanzés são muito parecidos, existe uma grande ameaça de transmissão entre as espécies. Embora ainda não tenham sido confirmados casos, os coronavírus anteriores já passaram entre os dois, bem como outras doenças respiratórias”.

Para apoiar a causa, basta aceder a shop.janegoodall.org/chimpguardian ou janegoodall.org/covid19-support.

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