Rescues Infant Buffalo, Turtle, Wild Chimp
Wildlife rangers from the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) have intensified efforts as per their mandate to arrest and confiscate endangered species that are protected under the banner of the Liberian wildlife law, an FDA release said.
Accordingly, an infant buffalo about 7 months old, was recently captured by rangers assigned in Gbarpolu County from men who were attempting to convey the animal to Monrovia for business purposes.
The animal has, meanwhile, been immediately transferred to the LIBASSA Ecolodge in Marshall, which lies along the Marshall road, for rehabilitation and care.
In a similar development, a team of wildlife experts led by FDA Deputy Managing Director for Administration Benjamin Tennessee Plewon, III has returned to Monrovia from a fact-finding mission in Grand Cape Mount where it had gone to conduct an on-the-spot investigation into the cause of death of an elephant.
During its investigation, it was observed that one of three hunters, who had gone hunting in the forest, got killed by the wounded elephant that had attacked the man before it was killed. The wildlife team used the occasion to warn of the possible danger it may cause any environment and people when wildlife are pursued, hunted and killed contrary to the law that protects them.
Wildlife experts from the FDA attribute the retaliatory measure of wild animals to the usual unprovoked attack on them by hunters.
Meanwhile, a wild chimpanzee, rescued and subsequently confiscated during a recent clearing operations of illegal occupants and miners from the Sapo National Park in Sinoe County by FDA rangers in collaboration with concerned partners working in the park as well as local authorities and traditional leaders, has been named “Sapo” in honor of the park. “Sapo,” as the rescued chimp is now called, currently resides peacefully in the protective custody of the Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection (LCRP) organization in Monrovia.
LCRP is a Liberian NGO collaborating with local and international partners in caring for current chimpanzee residents, while developing long-term strategies to combat the illegal trade and conservation of chimpanzees and other protected wildlife.
LCRP is Liberia’s first and only chimpanzee sanctuary, sanctioned by the FDA and working in partnership with the government, to ensure the future of wild populations.
Currently, LCRP is caring for more than 25 chimpanzees, most of whom are under 5 years old and, given the chance at a healthy life, may live up to 60 years.
Almost all of the individuals (chimps) in the care of LCRP are orphans whose mothers and other family members were killed to be eaten, while the young chimps were being kept alive to be sold into the local and international pet trade. Each month, more captive chimpanzees are confiscated, allowing for the enforcement of Liberia’s wildlife laws.