On September 2017, Ape Action Africa, an organization that helps primates in Cameroon, confiscated a traumatized chimp and brought him to the Mefou Primate Sanctuary.
The little guy was frightened beyond belief and wouldn’t let anyone near him, but after months of compassionate care he’s made incredible progress, not only with humans, but with his fellow primates.
The chimp, named Farah, had been living with a man who kept him chained up.
Farah was confiscated from the house of a young man who had killed his mother and was trying to sell him as a pet. He…
Through a joint operation between Ministry of Forests & Wildlife and The Last Great Ape Organization, Farah was rescued from a man who had been trying to sell the 10-month-old chimp as a pet.
When the man wasn’t walking around with the chimp in a bag trying to sell him, he kept the chimp chained up at his home.
The man later confessed to also killing Farah’s mother.
Farah was understandably very nervous and distressed.
Little Farah was very distressed on arrival and unwilling to be touched. We settled him down for the night in a quiet…
After his rescue Farah was transported nearly 250 miles to the Mefou Primate Sanctuary where he would receive all the care he needed.
When he arrived at the sanctuary he was scared and very cautious of everyone around him.
“Tired, hungry and anxious, it’s no wonder that little Farah refused to trust our Manager Babs when he tried to lift him from the back of the car. Or later when our Director Rachel tried to smooth the blanket around him for sleeping,” Ape Action Africa wrote on their Facebook page.
It took a few days for Farah to begin to trust humans.
Farah playing with caregiver Sanda.Photo courtesy of Ian Bickerstaff © 2017
At first the little chimp was frightened and showed no signs of trusting those offering him help.
Within a week, those at the sanctuary began to notice a difference in Farah’s behavior. Slowly, but surely he began to open up and trust those who desperately wanted to help.
Right now, he is still a wary little soul. He is not comfortable being picked up and doesn’t laugh when tickled, but he does choose to sit companionably with his caregivers – placing one small hand on their knee to show that he recognizes them as a source of security and comfort. Little by little his world is stabilizing and one day soon he will be laughing again.
Eventually it was time to introduce Farah to other chimps living at the sanctuary.
Once Farah got comfortable around humans and expressed an interest in playing, those at the sanctuary decided it would soon be time to introduce the young chimp to other chimps.
Farah’s caretakers slowly introduced him to three chimps who also call the sanctuary home.
The new group of friends love to play with each other.
Luckily, Farah showed great interest in making friends with the other little ones.
After surviving horrific conditions at such a young age, Farah is finally receiving the love and care he deserves.