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Mrs. JAMART decides to take in charge the chimpanzees kept under miserable conditions
in the zoo of Pointe Noire.
15: foundation of H.E.L.P.
Congo, Republic of Congo
by Aliette Jamart, recognized officially by the Congolese authorities in
Continuation of the program of
reception of chimpanzees seized
by the Congolese authorities; 18 chimpanzees in the nursery of Pointe Noire,
nursery installed in the residence of Mrs. Jamart
April: beginning of research to find a site for the instation of a sanctuary
May: diffusion of a first report about H.E.L.P. Congo, on TF1, in emission "S.O.S
Traffic" of Brigitte Bardot
Initialization of the campaigns of publicity
to the protection of the fauna and the flora near the local population.
Placed at the disposal
of H.E.L.P. Congo of islands on the lagoon of Conkouati, aside of the Reserve
of fauna of Conkouati
Creation of the Sanctuary of H.E.L.P. Congo on the zone of Conkouati
ø 28 aôut: medical control and transfer on the
Sanctuary of 20 chimpanzees collected by H.E.L.P. Congo and living since then in
the nursery of Pointe Noire
- 37 chimpanzees are present on the Sanctuary of Conkouati
ø the sanctuary counts 48
collected by H.E.L.P.
ø Preparation of the reintroduction program in natural environment of
the chimpanzees accomodated on the sanctuary with the mission of expertise of
Dr. C TUTIN (primatologist), having allowed to define the feasibility of this
program and the site of reintroduction: the Triangle, forest belt with
approximately 1. 30 of boat of the Sanctuary.
Limitation, and this yet until 2005, of the reception
of new chimpanzees in order to concentrate the means on the sanctuary and especially
on the development of the program of reintroduction on the site of forests chosen,
of cooperation agreements with the Congolese government, placing the Triangle
at the disposal of H.EL.P. Congo and allowing the program of reintroduction
of the reintroduction program throughout the GEF- PROGECAP Program(Project
of management of the protected surfaces - World Bank); this financing will be
achieved in 1999 with the stop of the PROGEECAP in the whole of the Republic
of the reintroduction program with i) new expertise of Dr. Tutin and
expertise of Dr. Sita, botanist, on the site of the Triangle, ii) medical
control of all the individuals present on the sanctuary and ii) the creation
of a camp on the site of the Triangle
Realization in November of the first released,
5 individuals (4 females, Yvette, Bounie, Jeanette, Choupette and 1 male, Mékoutou),
and initiation of the scientific follow-up of their adaptation (ethologic telemetry
and observations); this follow-up, very important and still done so far, will
concern all the released individuals
Initialization of the reception of foreign students
in training course on the ground within the framework of their university
1997 - Released of 10 chimpanzees in two
steps: February (2 females, Rosette and Fanny) and December (2 males,
Hinda and Dolisie, 6 females, Kakamoueka, Cabinda, Massabi, Moussendjo, Nyasha
of Dr. C.TUTIN concerning becoming of the released chimpanzees and the project:
of 4 chimpanzees (2 males, Koutou and David, 2 females, Sophie accompanied by
her baby Valentine, and Agathe)
Creation by the
Congolese gouvernemt of the National park of Conkouati-Douli, which includes the
Fauna Reserve of Conkouati; sites of action of H.E.L.P. Congo are then
included in this park.
January: creation in France of the association
International and signature of the cooperation agreement between this association
and H.E.L.P. Congo, thus giving rise to the H.E.L.P.
Development of the
diffusion of the results of the program of reintroduction (publications,
June: released of 4 chimpanzees (1 male, Chinois
and 3 females, Matalila, Perlette and Lucie)
November: creation of the Internet site www.help-primates.org.
July-September: released of 12 chimpanzees (3 males, Dereck, Batéko,
Bilinga, and 9 females, Cheyenne, Dimonika, Emilie, Karine, Kouilou, Makabana,
Mfoubou, Sibiti and Tessie); on the islands of the Sanctuary, there remain 8
chimpanzees not easily releasable, in particular for health
ø October 22, 2001:
Choupette, released in 1996, is the first released female to give birth to a baby in forest. Thanks to the genetic analysis we learn that the father
Mékoutou, also released in 1996. Unfortunately the baby disappears in July
2002 after meeting with of wild chimpanzees.
ø Continuation of
follow-up program of the released chimpanzees; data processing
Developpement of a
pilot plantation on the site of the Sanctuary; it will be 3000 feet
long in 2005
ø Realization of a scientific expedition
within the framework of the development of the research program on the ecosystems, bearing on the forest cover of the
National park of Conkouati-Douli, in collaboration with researchers of Cirad,
with realization of a first chart of the vegetation on the south-western part of the
NPCD (National park of Conkouati-Douli).
of the follow-up program p of the released chimpanzees; data processing,
of the development of the pilot plantation
of a scientific expedition within the framework of the development of the research
programmes on the ecosystems carrying on i) the populations of birds
and chiropteres, in partnership with French association Biocénose and
the Research center on the biology and the populations of birds, of the Natural
history museum of Paris and ii) aquatic environments, in collaboration
with the Laboratory of biology of the protists, UMR CNRS 6023, University Blaise
Pascal Clermont-Ferrand II - France
Mars 2003: Jeanette is found after one month and half of absence, with a group
of wild chimpanzees. She gave birthof a small male.
07, 2003: Bounie, released in 1996, which passes more and more time
with the wild chimpanzees, is seen with a baby in the arms. She will be re-examined
in June 2004 but alone. We don't know what happened to her baby.
17, 2003: Lucie, released in 2000, gives birth to a baby. This one unfortunately
disappeared during a meeting with a group of wild chimpanzees.
25, 2003: Choupette gives for the second time birth to small baby in the forest.
of the follow-up program of the released chimpanzees; data processing, publications.
Continuation of the development of the pilot plantation
Development of the
: organization of projection meetings and sensitizing towards various schools
of Pointe Noire
April: organization in Pointe Noire of the Workshop of PASA (Side African
Sanctuaries Alliance) with visit of the Sanctuary of H.E.L.P. Congo
ø Continuation of the follow-up program of the released chimpanzees; data processing,
ø Continuation of the
development of the pilot plantation
ø Continuation of the sensitization campaigns
ø Initiation of the study phase of a new program of reintroduction on a new site.
ø Two new births within the
Triangle : Emilie, then Perlette became young mother. The baby of Emilie will unfortunately quickly disappears after
meeting some wild chimpanzees.