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Habitat Ecologique et Liberté des Primates


We collect, take care of, and release orphaned chimpanzees from captivity.

Over 70 chimpanzees have been welcomed by HELP Congo since 1989, the majority arriving between 1989 and 1994. Since 1994, the general focus has shifted towards the reintroduction program, and the sanctuary is currently at maximum capacity.

The chimpanzees are generally accepted as young individuals, sometimes less than one year in age, seized by Congolese authorities or abandoned by individuals.

Older residents mostly arrived from the zoo of Pointe Noire (closed in 1994), while
others were moved from the Brazzaville Zoo during the socio-political war in 1997.
They were introduced to an island in the Sanctuary.

To date, all three of the Sanctuary islands are still inhabited by chimpanzees. The islands provide food but not enough, so nutritional supplements of cereal, milk and fruits are brought to them daily.
Ile de Pépère

We reintroduce chimpanzees to their natural habitat.

Over the last 20 years, within the Triangle site (a forested area bordered by the Conkouati lagoon within the Conkouati-Douli National Park), our program has helped release over forty chimpanzees into a natural environment.
The undisputable success of our program has been exampled in many reputable journals, and HELP Congo is highly recognized by the entire scientific community

We fight against poaching

Anti-poaching enforcement is essential to limit the trafficking of wild animals. Adult animals are often killed for consumption of bush meat, mainly in Pointe Noire, and their babies are sold as pets to Africans and travelers.

HELP Congo is involved through two avenues :
• To support the Congolese authorities, accepting seized chimpanzees and providing, if necessary, logistical support teams within Conkouati-Douli National Park or patrols of the waters and forests in Pointe-Noire,
• Deterring poachers by the permanent presence of our teams in the forest. Indeed, since HELP's Triangle installment in 1996, poaching has declined sharply within Conkouati-Douli. Wildlife has returned in number, including elephants, blue monkeys, buffalo and cats.

The reintroduction has become a tool for further conservation.

We provide education to preserve the forest, chimpanzees and biodiversity


Raising awareness is an integral part of our work. With the creation of HELP Congo, actions have carried out by the Congolese government and village communities to inform them of our objectives within Conkouati. Presentations were organized in schools of neighboring villages to raise awareness about the preservation of the forest and chimpanzees.

By protecting one species, we protect all species and the habitat in which they all live.

"Information and Environmental Education"

• An information and environmental education center :

Since 2007, our free education center has accommodated, informed and educated the public on issues of environmental protection and biodiversity.
- The center has an exhibition space, library, and offers screenings of documentaries and films on environmental issues.
- A bi-monthly press report informs the public about sustainable development and
progress in Central Africa, and Invitations to present information are offered to associations fighting for the preservation of the environment.
- Coordination of evening discussions on international days of environmental celebration.

• Raising awareness in schools :

Raising awareness in schools develops around animations and practical activities that enable children to become aware of the world around them and to adopt eco-citizen behavior.

Out field trips from the city are a time of discovery and contact with nature.
"HELP Education - For a clean school" Addresses the use of waste bins and discarding of trash in schools.
Topics covered in class :
The environment, forest, mangroves, waste, water, Congolese wildlife, chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants, sustainable development, renewable energy, climate change, deforestation, etc…

We fight against deforestation

In the beginning, Aliette JAMART asked the question of why the villagers are poaching.
In response, it was found as mainly encouraged by those returning from cities in search of lumber and firewood, influenced by the seemingly unaffected. So she wanted to quickly provide populations with sustainable lumber and firewood, to stop the outside
influence. This began the implementation of firewalls, the first nursery and the first test plantations. Aliette was obliged to confess that planting in a savannah, sterilized by heat and runoff, proved a challenge. But on the guidance of CIRAD (Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development), the UAIC (now SCF National Centre for Forest Research) and SNR (National Reforestation Society), the first plantations were started.

To date, we are proud of the result. A small forest now enables indigenous forest species to grow; at the entrance of the camp xylopias take precedence over the acacias.
Now we can see many footprints of mammals, birds and insects, not to forgetting to mention: snakes.

All plantations established from 2002 to 2006 have not yielded the expected results.
Sandy soil does not allow the development of fruit, and acacias and eucalyptus overwhelmed other species.
We started planting palm and expected improvement after two years, but our palms show no signs of development, other than green foliage !
Although there is great opposition in the world for planting oil palm :
In Conkouati, we planted on the barren savannah to give a canopy of shade, shelter to animals and birds and the bees of butinner in the acacias, and eventually be able to provide man and animals with palm fruits for their survival. As the local tribe within the region of Conkouati had previously chopped the trees for palm wine.

We contribute in the scientific research of primates

At current rates of deforestation, 90% of the ape habitat will disappear in Africa by 2030. We must act now to preserve the rainforest.

The majority of Central African countries lack resources and skills in the areas of research and conservation. Project HELP addresses action at this level.

We use our strengths (sites rich in natural environments, extensive network of scientific partners, etc... ) to develop a program to help the development of knowledge on ecosystems and primate habitats.

This program consists of :
• Conducting targeted witness to ecosystems and inventory studies (fauna & flora), and mapping studies,
• Using data collected by Congolese actors to relevant conservation and environmental management,
• Assist the Congolese government, who remain the prime contractors for the management of their natural resources.

Since 2002, several scientific expeditions have been deployed on forest cover and aquatic birds in the Conkouati region. These missions have set a foundation for further future studies.