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BORN FREE - save Gentil
This young chimpanzee is cared for at Lwiro Primate Sanctuary in eastern DRC. He is kept permanently chained by the neck as the fledgling sanctuary has no other way to keep him from raiding neighbours' crops.
Ian Redmond, one of the worlds leading great ape conservation experts, has made a personal promise to Gentil to get him off that chain (see pic above). Like the other primates at Lwiro, Gentil was born in a forest and cared for by his mother. But she was killed, probably for bushmeat, and Gentil was sold illegally as a pet. Luckily Congolese authorities confiscated him and brought him to the sanctuary.
Now Born Free is raising money to remove Gentil's chain and build him a large enclosure. With enough funds Born Free could create a permanent forest sanctuary in DRC for all Lwiro's primates.
Caribzones will work in asssociation with Born Free towards this vision.
Follow Ian's training and lead up to the 2004 London Marathon where he
runs in aid of the Ape Alliance and Born Free ape projects - from Gentil
and other chimp orphans at Lwiro Sanctuary in Congo, to the UN Great
Apes Survival Project.
April 18th 2004
his 50th birthday, Great Ape ambassador and all round favourite conservationist,
Ian Redmond, completed the London Marathon for the first and only time
on Sunday 18th April 2004 in a time of 4 hours 47 minutes.
Ian is recognised by conservationists and animal lovers around the world
as one of our leading Great Ape experts having introduced Sir David Attenborough
to gorillas for his famous sequence in Life on Earth. Ian is also the
United Nations Environment Programmes Great Ape Survival Partnership Technical
Team Director and has spent the last two years criss-crossing the globe
promoting the conservation of our nearest non-human relatives.
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