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Chimpanzee Veterinary Care


Providing veterinary care for chimpanzees rescued from the illegal bushmeat and wildlife pet trades.

Location: Liberia, West Africa

Purpose: Protect vulnerable wildlife around the world

VI sees a future where vulnerable and endangered animal species can be protected and thrive through compassionate veterinary care, conservation education and cultural understanding. We believe – by partnering with NGOs around the world – we can help combat the illegal trade and killing of endangered wildlife, rescue illegally-held captive individuals, and promote conservation awareness, animal protection, and community development.

Why Liberia

Chimpanzees are under threat of extinction and have already disappeared from four African countries. Liberia is one of the last remaining strongholds for the western chimpanzee subspecies, listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. Over 80% of their population has been lost in the past 25 years, threatened by local, regional and international illegal bushmeat and live pet trades.

Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection

Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection (LCRP) is directly fighting these threats and driving wildlife protection and conservation efforts through the development of a local and international NGO, a Sanctuary and Conservation Center and through diverse and dynamic partnerships. LCRP helps chimpanzees in need and keeps wild chimps wild.

Veterinarians International and LCRP – a ONE HEALTH Approach

LCRP’s partnership with Veterinarians International is critical in ensuring proper veterinary care, equipment and supplies are available for the center’s chimpanzee residents.

Goals:

  • Support the veterinary care needs including equipment and medicine for the LCRP chimpanzee sanctuary.
  • Help ensure that the captive population at LCRP receives optimal health care and manages care in a way that will allow reintroduction, if possible, to take place in the future.

In addition to assisting in the veterinary care of LCRP’s chimpanzee population, Veterinarians International is also committed to building capacity in the domestic animal health sector.

Goals:

  • Conduct local vaccination and spay/neuter campaigns for local dog and cat populations.
  • Build veterinary capacity in Liberia through campaigns, workshops and the provision of hands-on opportunities.
  • Improve the physical and emotional well being of local dogs and cats.

Through this important partnership with LCRP, Veterinarians International aims to not only improve the lives of wildlife and domestic animals in Liberia, but also support Liberia’s efforts to adopt and implement a One Health approach for the benefit of all.

IMPORTANT NOTE: **Chimpanzees are not and should not be pets or forced to live with humans.** The chimpanzee orphans at LCRP’s sanctuary in West Africa are victims of the bushmeat and illegal pet trade. Their mothers were tragically killed by poachers and require around the clock care. Thanks to the dedicated caregivers and staff, the orphans are being rehabilitated so that they will be able to thrive with others in a natural and safe environment when they’re older.  Please support LCRP’s efforts to rescue chimpanzees in need to keep wild chimps wild.