Ape Action Africa is a non-profit that is dedicated to the conservation of endangered gorillas, monkeys and chimpanzees.
Everyday, the caregivers check all 300 of the residents, this is routine and it usually yields routine results. But as it turns out, sometimes these ape inhabitants find new ways of surprising these experienced caregivers.
One day, a caregiver found Bobo, a Western Lowland gorilla who was rescued in 1996 with an expected new friend.
“On his morning checks, our gorilla caregiver discovered Bobo cradling a young, wild bush baby. The bush baby showed no fear of Bobo, moving around his body and spending time hopping around in an open grassy area, before choosing to return to Bobo.”Elissa O’Sullivan, a spokeswoman for Ape Action Africa
This is especially unusual as Bobo is the dominant male of his group, he has fought off attempts to take his top spot from other ferocious gorillas.
And it turns out that this giant has a gentle side to him too.
“Bush babies are usually nocturnal, so it is very rare to see one during the day. We have never witnessed a wild primate interacting with a rescued one at Mefou Sanctuary.”
Watch them together:
“The bush baby showed no fear of Bobo — moving around his body and spending time hopping around in an open grassy area, before choosing to return to Bobo.”
Bobo’s gang were also curious to see what was happening.
“Bobo’s group-mates were curious about the bush baby and hoped that he might share it with them, but Bobo kept the bush baby to himself.”
They spent a whole two hours together before Bobo returned his new mate to some trees where the bush baby disappeared.
Image credits: Ape Action Africa/Alex Benitez
Ape Action Africa is the largest conservation project of its kind in Africa with more than 300 primates in its care.
Many of these animals come to the sanctuary as orphans caused by the illegal pet and bushmeat trades. To learn more about their fight and to donate to the cause, click here.