Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Meet Judy and Bo!

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary, they have introduced two new faces to Ol Pejeta’s symbolic adoption programme!

Judy and Bo are two of the 30 chimps that call Sweetwaters home. Their stories are one of resilience and hope, but sadly like the others and their traumatic and scarring past, these chimpanzees can never be introduced to the wild where they belong. At Sweetwaters, in the sun-filled, leafy green spaces of the sanctuary, they have learned to exist as themselves again, thriving under the expert care and attention received from dedicated caregivers.

It costs USD $5,000 a year to look after one chimpanzee, and they believe that every chimp is worth trying to help. To witness the transformation is incredible! By symbolically adopting, you are helping care for these vulnerable chimps for many more years. Read more about Judy and Bo below!

 

Meet Judy

Current Age: 40

Date of Birth: 1983

Rescued From: Mombasa, Kenya

Rescued Date: 1993

Judy’s story begins in 1983, in Mombasa, Kenya, where she and two other chimpanzees were found in the company of a man who claimed to have rescued them from Zaire. However, suspicions arose as the man lacked proper documentation for the chimps, leading to the trio being seized and placed in an orphanage in Nairobi.

Judy lived at this orphanage until the age of 10 when her life took a positive turn and she found her way to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

The sanctuary’s vet team discovered that she had endured polio during her infancy, resulting in a painful, withered leg. Despite this challenge, Judy embraced her new home with enthusiasm.

Over the years, Judy has thrived and grown into a vibrant and healthy adult chimpanzee. In 1997, she became a mother and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Oscar. Her journey from a rescued, polio-affected infant to a loving and nurturing mother is truly remarkable.

 

Meet Bo

Current Age: 9

Date of Birth: 2014

Rescued From: Guinea-Bissau

Rescued Date: 2018

Nestled in the heart of Cantanhez Forest National Park in Guinea-Bissau, a young Bo became an orphan when her mother fell victim to the bush meat trade. At just two years old, Bo too was snatched from the park by a man who wanted her for bush meat, set to face a similar grim fate as her mother. Fortunately, destiny took a turn and the Bissau-Guinean authorities rescued Bo.

Bo’s new home with her rescuers became the tranquil Cufada Lagoon National Park offices in Buba. Here, she started to heal, formed bonds with the park office staff, and began to trust humans again. Without the dedicated efforts of the Cufada Lagoon National Park authorities, it is unlikely that Bo would be here today. They worked tirelessly to find a sanctuary where she could enjoy a life free from harm and exploitation, ultimately reaching out to us at Sweetwaters Sanctuary.

On April 26, 2018, Bo arrived at Sweetwaters Sanctuary, where she now thrives in her new home, surrounded by dappled light, lush vegetation, chimpanzee companions, and a dedicated team of vets and caregivers ensuring her well-being

Judy and Bo are beloved members of the chimpanzee family and they are so excited that they will now be available to adopt through Ol Pejeta Conservancy brand new donation portal! Redesigned to provide you with a visually engaging but easy-to-use experience, the new portal showcases all their symbolic adoption packages and sponsorships, as well as upcoming events, fundraising opportunities, and how your support helps.

Click here to explore the new Donation Portal

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