Friday, December 07, 2007

Salone’s Chimps on National Geographic...


Last night a group of us went to the IMATT compound to watch a premier showing of National Geographic’s documentary about the Chimp Reserve. The documentary was well done & the evening pleasant. I must say it was a bit of a ‘shock’ to sit in a room with so many expats. It’s been awhile since I’ve been with so many ‘white people’ in one room!

I’ve visited the Chimp reserve a number of times in the last 2+ years; both before the “jungle breakout” and after. So, yes, I have seen the REAL Bruno – the alpha male that is currently still on the run. It is a very interesting place to visit; the nature is amazing, the chimps are intriguing to watch, basically it’s a great outdoor adventure. Favorite spot: the tree house.

In April 2006, Bruno and another 30 chimpanzees escaped from the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. One man died as a result. Since the escape, 27 of the chimps have returned to the sanctuary. Bruno and 3 others are still missing. National Geographic put together this documentary about the escape. “Jungle Breakout” is one episode in the series “Hunter and Hunted”. (
Hunter and Hunted 4: "Jungle Breakout")

1 comment:

Ellen said...

hi san, next time we should really plan a visit, never been the the chimps before!

while looking for your blog on google i found this blogger mentioning your blog :) http://switsalone.blogspot.com/2007/03/blogging-sierra-leone-critic-and-survey.html

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