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Habitat Ecologique et Liberté des Primates

Sponsoring (one or more chimpanzees) is directly helping the animals collected by HELP Congo !
(Sponsorship online or by mail)

Your money will fund food for the chimpanzees of Sanctuary Isalnds, purchase transmitters for monitoring released individuals or salaries of Congolese assistants responsible for monitoring the forest collars !
A new collar costs more than 500 € and lasts just two years ! Therefore, we must regularly change the collars to locate and track chimpanzees in the forest.

You will receive a folder with photographs of your sponsored chimpanzee !
Remember : Enjoy a 66% tax reduction of your payment (within 20% of net taxable income).

Examples : 
Sponsorship of € 120 is in effect, after tax reduction 41 €
Sponsorship of € 180 is, in effect, after tax reduction 61 €
Sponsorship of € 240 is, in effect, after tax reduction 82 €


- 10 € a month ..... 120 € for a year (41 € after tax cut)
- 15
€ a month ..... 180 € for a year (61 € after tax cut)
- 20 € a month ..... 240 € for a year (82 € after tax cut)

Fully secured payment by Paypal
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The Sanctuary of Conkouati, located four hours from Pointe Noir (via 4x4), welcomes orphaned chimpanzees. The sanctuary has 3 islands where chimpanzees live in groups and learn to live naturally. They are semi-released(semi-free) because they can not move outside of the islands, due to the natural limitation of the lagoon, but they still live in their natural environment. This location also houses a pilot reforestation program of palm trees, eucalyptus and acacias. More information on the plantation, trees and location is presented on the HELP Project page.

 Island of Yombe
Yoko is a large female with a reddiah coat and dark face.
She is the dominant female of the island, and the only one who has not had a new baby since the birth of Younsala in 2000.
So calm reigns the island. More fighting between males for possession of females. She remains gorgeous and still holds her daughter Younsala.


Ewo was born on the island to Olga and Chinois, a since released male. He has therefore never known captivity or poaching.

Ewo is turbulent and demanding, and has surpassed Yombé to maintain a leadership role. But for how long? During feedings, Ewo cries and makes a show, always asking for more.

Olga is a shy and retired female, who spent bad moments in 2007.
She gave birth to a baby that was stolen by Manu, another female of
the group. The baby died of starvation after ten days in the arms of Manu. In the end of 2008, Olga surprised us with the appearance of another baby, named Othello. And in early 2012, Olga again gave birth to another child. Sadly, within the same year, Othello was lost.



Charlotte embodies kindness and calm. This female lived in an apartment owned by a photographer, who created portraits of her. During which time, charlotte was was given tranquilizers to calm her.

As a consequence, she now suffers from osteoarthritis. As a mother of a female born in early 2008 and a male born in late 2012, she is an excellent mom despite her disability.



Nicknamed Manu, this large female is a new mother since the second quarter of 2008, to a young female named Awa. Previously, succoming to jealousy, she had stolen the baby Olga, which proved her need to procreate.
Her son, Ewo, is also on the Island.

Born in 2000, Younsella is the daughter of Yoko. She is a quiet and charming young female. She enjoys the social position of her mother, but has begun to take her own place within the group.

She has yet to become a mother, and may become risk to the problem of inbreeding. But how to separate the young from their mothers ?

Yombé is the previously dominant male of the island, since retired by Ewo. With one leg amputated following a trap, he is still very impressive and a strongly respected presence on the Island.


 Island of Pepere


A male of about 29 years, his name comes from the impression he gave Aliette Jamart the first time she saw him. He barely survived the Brazzaville zoo,

not moving and with almost no hair, he appeared to be dying. But today, Pepere is a superb male of a large size, set on an island with Banane and young Moana.
Since 2007, his fighting with Banane has resulted in small and serious injuries, but his heart condition does not allow for anethetic. Pepere would like to play with the workers and volunteers, but they are generally afraid of his demeanor. This "big baby" feels frustrated that Banana and Moana receive all the affection. He also makes beautiful displays (shows of force) when something does not please him !

In June 1997, war broke out in Brazzaville with the zoo on the front line. There were gorillas and three chimpanzees with Banane . 

HELP Congo took charge of Banana and installed him on an island.  The next day, Banana had, surprisingly, built a beautiful nest in the big tree at the edge of the lagoon. Usually so quiet, he does sometimes get very angry.  Today he may be the father of Moana, and his relationship with Pepere is difficult. He embodies strength and gentleness. He approaches the size of a gorilla with 90kg of muscle. Since the birth of Moana, he has gained confidence and we have the pleasure of seeing them play together often. He is still the darling of volunteers as an Olympian of calm and extraordinary softness.


This little male was born in 2005 and has grown quickly. Moana’s mother passed away several years ago,

leaving him to be pampered by two dads. He lives happily on the island and loves and attention of workers and volunteers, but already knows the fear and aggression that often prevail in chimpanzee groups. He is a beautiful, playful and very mischevious chimpanzee, often inciting fights between the other males and annoying their peace for fun.



Le bivouac, situé dans la forêt est le site d'aprentissage et d’appropriation du biotope par les jeunes chimpanzés. Une présence humaine est assurée pour la surveillance et le complément de nourrissage.


Elle porte le nom du poste de garde où elle a été confisquée par des écogardes en février 2007.
Elle est arrivée dans un état dramatique et n'avait même pas un an.
Un plomb de chasse était serti dans son arcade sourcilière et un autre avait laissé une plaie profonde dans son cuir chevelu. Youbi a été opérée mais a mis longtemps à s’en remettre.
Mais Youbi avait envie de vivre et elle vit maintenant au bivouac où elle est inséparable de Pattex.
C’est un joli bébé qui a besoin de beaucoup d’amour et d’attention. Mais attention, n’essayez pas de lui faire du mal ! Lorsqu' Aliette JAMART lui rend visite, Youbi provoque les ecovolontaires ou les soigneurs afin de bien montrer à Aliette que vous êtes méchant avec elle.

Arrivée le 24 août 2007 à Pointe-Noire, ce jeune chimpanzé a été gardé avec d’autres par un prêtre congolais. Lorsque les autres chimpanzés sont morts, le

prêtre a préféré la remettre en liberté près d'un site fréquenté par des touristes.
Un coopérant sud africain l’a alors recueillie et mise en cage. Deux mois plus tard, il a quitté définitivement le Congo et a chargé ses travailleurs de confier Dolly au centre HELP CONGO à Pointe-Noire.

Elle est restée deux mois en quarantaine au sanctuaire et après divers examens et analyses vétérinaires, la petite femelle de 3 ans et demi a rejoint fin octobre Youbi, pattex, clandestine et bianeffe au bivouc.
Elle avait un vrai tic, aspirait sa lèvre inférieure par le milieu. Nous avons choisi de la rassurer au maximum subodorant que ce tic était un rictus de peur et de mal être.

Début 2009, Dolly fait de moins en moins cette grimace. Elle n’arrive pas à maitriser sa turbulence ce qui fait que les plus petits en ont peur.
Mais la forêt n’a pas de secret pour Dolly, elle grimpe, joue, mange correctement.



The Triangle release site has been reintroducing chimpanzees since 1996, in a forest area of ??22 km². Here, chimpanzees are followed in their daily movements to perform studies on their adaptations in the wild. Your participation in the financing of the released chimpanzees contributes needed equipment and chimpanzees collars...that cost very expensive.


You can also join by printing the sponsorship form and return it with your payment to the order of HELP International, and a stamped envelope to :

H.E.L.P. INTERNATIONAL Contact courrier
Chez Marie LAFORGE - 40 chemin de la Roue - 69380 LISSIEU - FRANCE