Mussa The Rescued Baby Chimp Arrives Safely At Primate Sanctuary In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

Virunga National park pilot Anthony Caere and Mussa, Facebook

It has been a busy few days for Mussa, a baby chimpanzee that was rescued from poachers in the Congo earlier this week.

Fortunately, Mussa has arrived safely at his new home at the Lwiro Primates Rescue and Rehabilitation Center located in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Every rescue is an effort from a lot of people from different organizations who work together to save lives,” the organization which is the only sanctuary in the DRC to accept all great ape and monkey species, shared in a post on its Facebook page. “It is a beautiful moment to see the result of everybody’s implication, in this case, we saved the life of Mussa.”


In a previous post, the organization credited Virunga National Park for rescuing Mussa from an uncertain future and for facilitating his transport further noting that, “Rescues are always a mix of feelings… happy because we are saving them but sad at the same time for what it means for wild populations.”

A remarkable Virunga National park pilot Anthony Caere, who assisted with Mussa’s rescue from poachers earlier this week, is among those responsible for sparing this young animal’s precious life.

A heartwarming video also posted on Facebook documents the two as they bonded while en route to safety at the sanctuary.

“This looks cute but is actually a sad story,” Caere posted on his Facebook page. “He should be with his mum… But happy we could give him a new good home! Thanks to the whole team! This is conservation!”

Mussa is reportedly playful while being treated for intestinal parasites and responding well to treatment.

According to its website, the CRPL currently cares for 72 chimpanzees and 92 monkeys of 11 different species, along with parrots, turtles, hyrax and porcupine. Sadly, all the animals have been victims of poaching and the pet trade.

“It is illegal in the DR Congo to keep any primate as a pet. As with chimpanzees, all of the CRPL residents are removed from the forests illegally by poachers and have been confiscated by the ICCN before being transported to the CRPL for long-term care,” the organization explains on its website. ”Most of these animals arrive in very bad physical and psychological condition due to the trauma they experience during the hunting process, and as a result of being kept as a pet. It is the long-term goal of the CRPL to be able to reintroduce our monkeys to the forests of DRC if their forest homes can be made safe enough to do so.”

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