First off, Annie Leonard of Story of Stuff and I will be doing a live radio interview on KPFA's environmental radio show Terra Verde today (Friday). You can listen at 4:00 PM EST by clicking here (I'll post the link to the recording later). Onwards...
As long as we've been talking a little about a non-consumptive Christmas here on the blog, I thought I'd introduce the idea of sponsoring baby chimpanzees orphaned by the bush meat trade as a really neat charitable gift for a loved one. You can make someone a chimpanzee guardian as a Christmas present by clicking here.
Watch the video below and you'll be immediately sold on the idea.
According to The Jane Goodall Institute:
The Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo—Africa’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary—provides orphaned chimpanzees with a loving, safe home.
Poaching for the illegal, commercial bushmeat trade not only kills adult chimpanzees, it also harms baby chimps who are captured and sold into the illegal pet trade.
The lucky ones are confiscated from poachers and sellers by authorities.
That’s where the Jane Goodall Institute comes in.
At Tchimpounga Sanctuary, the Jane Goodall Institute gives traumatized orphan chimpanzees, who are often sick, malnourished and close to death, a second chance at life.
The chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center sleep in dormitories and have large areas of secured forest and grassland enclosures to roam by day. By exploring the natural habitat together, they develop the social skills necessary for their well-being.
Make someone a chimpanzee guardian as a Christmas present by clicking here.
Either way, watch this adorable video:
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