Washington Post: These apes and monkeys escaped poaching and trafficking. Now they must battle a pandemic.
Each day at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue in Cameroon begins at 5:30 a.m., when volunteers and staff wake and start washing fruits and vegetables. Soon, gates and latches clang as the primates are released from their protective night cages, and eight troops of chimps begin pant-hooting for their breakfast.
Electric fencing twice as tall as a human zigzags around the sanctuary’s 225 acres of the tropical Mbargue Forest, both to keep out hunters and wildlife traffickers and to keep in the sanctuary’s vulnerable animals — all orphaned when poachers killed their mothers or rescued from abusive owners who kept them as pets.