Happy New Year friends! What an incredible year. Nobody thought it could be done but you did it. You brought hope to the hopeless. You came to the rescue of the abandoned chimps and Ponso. Now there’s Nikla. Her world shattered, she’s lost everything. She’s not alone though, she has all of us. With your help, we’ll bring hope to her too. You did the impossible and we’re going to do it again.
ANNOUNCING THE CAMPAIGN FOR NIKLA
Nikla is a teenage female chimp who needs your help. You have the power to help her. Nikla was beaten and badly hurt when she came to eat in a plantation, close to a village in Ivory Coast. Her injuries include a broken right hand that leaves her handicapped. The Abidjan Zoo was called to rescue her or the villagers would have killed her. She was taken to the zoo as there’s no chimp sanctuary in Ivory Coast. An attempt was made to introduce her to Ponso, a lone male chimp living on an island. He rejected her violently and she suffered further injuries on her “good” hand and arm. She had to be returned to the zoo.
Nikla’s conditions must be improved at the zoo. This campaign has two objectives. First – raise funds to improve her enclosure at the zoo. The groundbreaking second objective – care for Nikla until she can be relocated to the first chimp sanctuary in Ivory Coast planned by the NGO Akatia! We seek to raise $5,000 for the following (donation link below):
- Improved Holding Facility: A new facility with a cement floor for proper cleaning, a partial roof to give both shade and sunlight, water access, platforms, and a jungle gym. Nikla will be kept in this facility until she can be moved to the planned sanctuary. This facility will then be used as a quarantine area for confiscated chimps or other primates who can be relocated to sanctuary. Please note, the zoo does not capture or purchase chimps. It is doing its best to care for rescued chimps in Ivory Coast who have nowhere else to go.
- Improved Kitchen/Vet Clinic: Provide water access with a sink and shelves for the kitchen and storage and equipment for the vet clinic. If funds permit, transport cages will be acquired to transport chimps to the sanctuary.
- Relocate Nikla to sanctuary upon its completion in late 2018/early 2019!
HOW TO DONATE
Read carefully. Donations go to International Primate Protection League via the link below. Upon entering your info, go to the “Designation” box at the bottom. Select the “other” tab and type in “Nikla Campaign.” You must designate the donation for Nikla in the designation box. Donation Link: https://is.gd/RtlX1r
Donation Information: Donations go to the International Primate Protection League who are a 501C(3) non-profit in the U.S who have graciously agreed to assist. The NGO Akatia will do all improvements at the zoo overseen by Estelle Raballand, the Project Coordinator for Akatia. Akatia Facebook is https://is.gd/CFXNay
A FINAL WORD
We’re not here to criticize the zoo or government. That does NOT help Nikla or the other animals at the zoo. We seek to work together with all parties. The zoo partially serves as a sanctuary for confiscated chimps as there’s nowhere for them to go. There are other chimps at the zoo and this campaign is intended to help them as well by bettering the facilities. Cages are an unfortunate necessity. We dislike cages as much you do but we must work with what is available at present. We do not wish to engage in political discussions regarding zoos. We have one goal – to help Nikla and the other chimps at the Zoo.