Went to Tacugama chimp sanctuary on the edges of Freetown. It’s about an hour out of town but it really does feel like you’re in the rainforest, staying in a tree house was pretty special as well; lying in a hammock on the balcony listening to the chimps talk to each other down below.
No early release
Of the estimated 5,000 chimps still in Sierra Leone 104 are in Tacugama. Most of them have been rescued from being pets and the theory is that the chimps go through stages from quarantine, to introduction to a small group, to introduction to the larger group and then released back in to the wild.
The problem that they have is that the market for bush meat is still massive either as a delicacy or as an important source of protein so it’s difficult to see how they will get to the point of releasing them, they spoke of increased help from the government as regards protection, post release, but it’s hard to see how feasible that is given the expanse that chimps in the wild roam across and the difficulty of telling a hungry man what he can and can’t eat.
Why always us?
Tacugama was started when an idiot ex-pat Jock abandoned a pet chimp that they didn’t know what to do with…
Chimps in the wild have a fear of man (probably unsurprising, we have guns) but growing up in Tacugama they have no such fear, I guess as man is bringing them food they see man as sub-servient. This is an issue as a fully grown chimp has the strength of five men so any release would have to be well away from any villages
There was a big break out from Tacugama a few years back and when a taxi driver got out of his cab five chimps tore him limb from limb.
I’m a soul man
Chimps are incredibly close to humans as regards DNA, think that they said 98.4%, it’s amazing to see how similar their facial expressions are, they look like wise old men. And when the stand erect they really do just look like quite hairy men.
The taxi driver that took us up said that chimps are EXACTLY the same as us, except that they have no soul.
Not big, not clever, not legal
Some guys I know run a company (that I won’t name) and all live in one big house.
There’s a lot of testosterone in that house.
A local came round to sell them a monkey called Mitt. They bought the monkey and now have a monkey that they don’t know what to do with. If you knew them this wouldn’t greatly surprise you.
Of course the monkey wasn’t called Mitt what they were being sold was meat.
So they now have a pet monkey called ‘meat’.
Could they not get hold of Champs League tickets?
There’s a competition to win prizes with Star beer at the moment. You can flip open your bottle top to instantly (presumably they don’t just appear) win goats, motorbikes, generators, money, more Star Beer or Europa League Final tickets.
I’m almost certain that I’m going to win a goat.
Someone said that they could never work out why people don’t push their cars into the side when they break down. It’s often because the axle has just completely buckled.