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Jul 11, 2009

Name:Gregoie/the Oldest know chimpanzee in Africa. He was a symbol of hope to all chimpanzee in Africa
Type:Memorial (for the deceased)
To Honor:Other
Location:Congo's Capital City, Congo
     This is a Tribute to Gregoire, who was believed to been the oldest known chimpanzee in Congo Africa. He died peacefully in his sleep at the Institute's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo Africa. This is where Jane Goodall brought Gregoire in 1997.  He was rescued from the Brazzaville Zoo, in Congo's largest Capital City. A Civil War is always brewing in these parts of the country which makes it dangers for these animals. The forest has slowly vanished due to logging and poaching for chimpanzee's and the Congo apes. Not a happy place for these animals. That's where Jane Goodall has step in. She has help many of these wonderful animals. When Gregoire came to the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center it was a long road to make him feel save. To Understand this you must understand what Jane Goodall saw before 'Gregoire was rescued along with many other chimpanzee's at the Brazzaville Zoo in Congo. Gregoire had lived in solitary confinement for 40years before Jane found him. He live in a empty cage. My guess what happened: Logging was going on in the already destroyed forest. Their habitat, Food was scares and the African people couldn't feed their family's. So they killed all the Adult Chimpanzee the parents for meat and snatched up all the baby chimps and through them in empty cages for the Zoo. These young chimps including Gregoire had nothing to climb on or to play with. Forty years. Most I believe died of diseases, starvation,loneliness and lack of water. We will never really know how Gregoire survived from a baby to 40 years old. But when he was looked at by Jan for the first time, it was horrifying. Pale, almost hairless, skin stretching tightly over his emaciated body, dull lifeless eyes and skeleton like hands . This was what Goodall said when she saw him,"was this really a chimpanzee?"  After that she arranged to have Gregoire be cared for and given a healthier diet. But in 1997 the civil war in Congo became more violent, only mile away from the zoo. It  became a target and many chimps escaped. Many died. But Jan's team was able to safe many more. They moved quickly and brought them to  the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center. So that's how Gregoire ended up in the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehab. Center with lots of help from Jane Goodall. Gregoire became a symbol of  compassion, support and understanding to all chimpanzee that have suffered abuse from humans, before being rescued. "Gregoire was an incredibly resilient being"         www.primarilyprimates.org /www.fh.org
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