i ♥ primates

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed anthropomorphizing them in my captions.

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Just chillin.

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Hmmm. Nom.

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NOM.

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NOOOMMM!!!

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What. I like coconut.

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Oh hi my name is Lolo. I am still in diapers.

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My tongue tastes funny.

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Are you looking at me?

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OMG YOU ARE LOOKING AT ME!

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Stop looking at me you are making me blush.

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This is my Puss In Boots impression.

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What’s that?

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It’s a-

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IT’S A yawwwwnn.

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The day after I went to this wildlife center I met Damian, who is a volunteer for another organization that we visited. After we bonded over our love of animals and how great the Limbe Wildlife Center is, he told me about his night job as a security guard for the compound where the staff member that Lolo is clinging onto and his wife live. Apparently, they get to take Lolo home every night! And that she cries a lot at night 😦 Probably because she misses her mom, who was killed by poachers for bushmeat.

How you can help: Donate to the home of these gorillas and Lolo, the Limbe Wildlife Center, where animals are rescued and rehabilitated. Also consider the Jane Goodall Institute, which works primarily with chimps, or the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund—both are well-respected organizations that work all over the world. GlobalGiving used to have a project called “Reforest Habitat for 60 Gorillas in Cameroon”, and ERuDeF hopes to try to join GlobalGiving again in August so check again then!

Meet Lolo, a Six-Month-Old Chimpanzee

Today I met Lolo, a sleepy 6-month old chimpanzee who is still in diapers. Her mom was killed by poachers for bushmeat and she was sold as entertainment to hotel. She was rescued and now lives at the Limbe Wildlife Center, and is pictured clutching onto the belly of a staff member! I think I also found out where I want to work sometime in the near future… 

Note: This photo does not do her justice. More to come soon!