Falero is the most recent arrival to JGI’s Tchimpounga sanctuary, and we are so thankful that we were able to find him.
Like most infant chimpanzees who fall victim to poachers, Falero was weak, scared, and severely traumatized after being taken from his mother at an age when he normally would have spent every second in her company.
But unlike many chimpanzee orphans, Falero survived.
When Falero came to Tchimpounga, his sweet, calm personality was evident even though he had been through a horrific ordeal. Once his quarantine period ended, it was important that Falero be allocated a chimpanzee caregiver, a mother figure who could comfort him and show him chimpanzee ways.
JGI introduced Falero to an older female chimpanzee named Lounama. The two chimpanzees bonded quickly, and are now inseparable! As a surrogate mother, Lounama is showing herself to be kind, patient, and caring. Falero is growing bigger and braver every day, and remains a playful young chimpanzee.