What We Do
Rescuing Liberia’s Chimpanzees Today, Driving Change for Tomorrow
Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection (LCRP) is the first and only combined chimpanzee sanctuary, protection, and conservation organization in Liberia rescuing chimpanzees who are victims of illegal bushmeat and live pet trades.
Through the work of LCRP, orphaned chimpanzees are confiscated, rescued and rehabilitated. Our collaborative partnerships are propelling Liberia’s chimpanzee protection, education, and conservation initiatives forward.
Rescue and Protection
The LCRP family continues to grow with each new chimpanzee rescue. LCRP currently cares for more than forty chimpanzees, most of whom are under five years old and given the chance at a healthy life, may live up to 60 years. All of LCRP’s chimpanzee family members are orphans whose mothers and other family members were killed to be eaten; the young chimps kept alive to be sold into the local and international pet trades.
LCRP works hand in hand with Liberia's Forestry Development Authority and other partners to combat illegal trade in chimpanzees and other protected wildlife. As part of Liberia's Law Enforcement Task Force, LCRP collaborates in enforcing existing laws, strengthening legislation, building capacity, and the development of innovative strategies and new initiatives.
Liberia's first Wildlife Confiscation Unit has launched thanks to LCRP and our dedicated partners in the region!
Along with Liberia's Forestry Development Authority and other local and international partners, LCRP assists in campaigns related to the importance of protecting the country's unique biodiversity and natural resources.
Through the celebration of the first ever World Chimpanzee Day to billboards, flyers, workshops and local media, public awareness about chimpanzees and other protected wildlife is rapidly improving. Engaging the public is crucial to the success of protection and conservation efforts throughout the country.
LCRP is thrilled to be organizing Liberia's second World Chimpanzee Day in 2019 and to be on the global founding committee.
Liberia is home to the second largest population of western chimpanzees and contains the largest tracts of remaining intact tropical forests in West Africa.
Wildlife trade and hunting are decimating these remaining populations and ecosystems. Without organizations like LCRP, victims of the trade cannot be confiscated and perpetrators stopped from committing crimes against Liberia's flora and fauna.
Through support of local conservation programs and initiatives, chimpanzees can remain in the wild where they belong.
Other Critical Components of LCRP's Work
Because we believe all wildlife and animal welfare issues are interconnected, LCRP supports many related initiatives, including World Rabies Day, emerging disease research, vaccination and spay/neuter programs, wildlife regulation and legislation and conservation action planning for all protected species.