For the last 17 years, Lwiro Primates Rehabilitation Center (LPRC) has been providing a safe home for orphaned chimpanzees in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The centre was founded in 2002, to provide a shelter for the animal victims of a brutal civil war that resulted in both wildlife and humanitarian atrocities.
Today, LPRC takes care of 92 chimpanzees. Most of these are orphaned; seized and rescued as babies from poachers as a byproduct of the bush-meat trade. Some of the rescued chimpanzees were also victims of the cruel pet trade.
Turning away orphans in need is just NOT an option. Witnessing the astonishing transformation of a scared and traumatized individual into a happy, healthy chimpanzee is what keeps our team fighting. In order to fully recover, the chimpanzees need specialized care and comfort around the clock. The skilled and compassionate team at LPRC provide the chimpanzees with the everything they need to grow into the great apes they were destined to be.
Unfortunately, every year more chimpanzees need our help as habitat loss due to deforestation, as well as poaching continue to threaten their lives in the wild.
Lwiro Primates plays a vital role in caring for a variety of confiscated wildlife and is working towards ending the illegal animal trade in the DRC. LPRC is the only chimpanzee -and monkey- accepting sanctuary in Eastern DRC; it acts as a crucial resource for all conservation organizations working in the country. LPRC is the only hope of survival for victims of wildlife crime.
Lwiro Primates follows a holistic conservation program in which the sanctuary is the keystone for community-based initiatives. LPRC empowers the community towards alternative sustainable livelihoods.
Our education and awareness program reaches more than 3.500 people per year. Visitors to our Centre at Lwiro will meet our ape ambassadors that will show the link between their world and ours, and what we as humans stand to lose without them. Visitors also see a level of gentleness and love, from both the chimpanzees and people; after all, we all deserve to be loved and treated with dignity.
Our goal this year is to reach at least 600 people that will help us to provide the best life for the chimps in our care.
Two ways how you can help make this possible:
All donations go towards nutritious food, clean water and secure shelters for the rescued chimpanzees.