MAYA: cherished girl
Maya arrived to LCRP at approximately one year of age, in a terrible state. She was extremely sick and was in critical condition. She not only required around the clock care as all new arrivals receive but additional crisis care involving a nebulizer every three hours, medications, and IV fluids to keep her hydration stable. After two very frightening weeks we saw a turn! What a fantastic relief. Since then Maya became stronger and stronger and happier and happier. She is now a very confident energetic little person and loves to climb all day. Her little group is made up of Elizabeth and Mac with visits from some of the chimpanzees from the Little Bassa forest on occasion. Her next step will be to join this group full time when she is ready. GO MAYA!
When new chimpanzees arrive they are physically and emotionally traumatized. Our veterinary director does a full health check and treats them as needed. Some little ones arrive with broken limbs and shrapnel, and often have deep cuts due to ropes and chains that were used to restrict them while they were held captive. They are also given around the clock TLC, as nurturing and unconditional love is the most important part of their recovery. Feeding the chimps is a challenge. In the wild, chimpanzees eat over 200 different types of food! At LCRP, while we can’t replicate their diet exactly, we work hard to provide the chimps with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. Little ones receive baby cereal multiple times a day and all the chimps get morning and evening cereal to ensure the get daily boosts of all the right vitamins and minerals.