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The latest addition to the Oasis family…

The latest addition to the Oasis family of sponsored animals is Rambo Chella, a lowland gorilla in Cameroon.  Here is his story!

Chella’s rescue

Chella was found as a baby gorilla of about 1½ years in the back of a bush taxi, next to his dead mother.  He was confiscated by wildlife authorities in Bertoua who kept him for about 3 weeks before he could be transported to the Limbe Wildlife Centre.  Having only been fed with beer and a little amount of food Chella was dehydrated and malnourished when he arrived in Feb 1996.  Through the tireless efforts of the LWC staff he slowly improved and could be introduced to another gorilla, Nyango who had arrived 2 years earlier.

Now he’s the dominant male…

Chella is now 16 and is almost fully grown.  He is the dominant male in his group.  In 2007 he got in a big clash with Arno, a much smaller but confident male and broke Arno’s leg.  Arno was moved to another enclosure and Chella now seems more at peace.

Pitchou, one of the females is Chella’s best friend.  She has a habit of pulling out hairs and can be recognized by her bald forehead.  She also pulls out Chella’s hair, which explains his bald bum.

Our Trans Africa Expedition group visited Limbe Wildlife Centre a couple of weeks ago and Nancy, our tour leader, arranged the sponsorship.  Thanks to Nancy for Chella’s story – hopefully she will get some photos to us at some point but the group are now travelling through Gabon and DRC and it’s unlikely they will have internet for a while!

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