Chimpanzee moms spend the most of the day holding their young while making eye contact with them more than 20 times per hour in their natural environment. Sadly, mother and young chimpanzees are frequently separated, despite the fact that only the most severe disruptions could separate them.
A young chimpanzee they called Gaia experienced this. In Liberia, she was being sold by a guy until a tourist who was attempting to do the right thing chose to purchase her.
His mother was undoubtedly slain for her flesh. Unfortunately, purchasing rescued newborn chimpanzees merely serves to support the bushmeat trade and inspire these heartless individuals to orphan more creatures that are then sold onto the black market for pets.
However, some individuals are making an effort to end the cycle of exploitation and abuse that many chimpanzee families are subjected to. Like Jenny and Jimmy Desmond, who started the Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection (LCRP) organization to protect orphaned chimps in Liberia and to spread awareness of the dangers they face.
“Even though we are grateful that she was spared, money was passed, an expat ended their relationship, and no police complaint was filed, so her seller—possibly the murderer of her mother—not only escaped but is now trying to sell more. Chimpanzees can be found here. Gaia is the ideal illustration of why we implore people to uphold the law and never purchase or take wildlife without fully reporting it to the authorities.
Little Gaia was only two months old when she came at LCRP shortly before Mother’s Day and on a day that was significant to Jenny since it was the anniversary of the day she lost her own mother, Gaia. She so gave the child her late mother’s name.
Gaia had found the mother she so desperately wanted in Jenny, who also provided her with a cozy bed.