[Guest blog from the Chimpanzee Conservation Center]
|Staff and volunteers at CCC are trained with protocols to prevent disease transfer between chimpanzees and humans. Photo by C. Danaud/CCC|
The Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC) is the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Guinea. The center is located in the Parc National du Haut Niger (PNHN), one of two national parks in the country and a priority site for the conservation of chimpanzees. The CCC currently rehabilitates and cares for 45 rescued chimpanzees. These orphaned chimpanzees are primarily victims of the pet trade and arrive at the CCC after being confiscated by the national authorities.
The recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea and other countries in West Africa is a major concern to us here at the CCC. Not only is Ebola transferable between humans and animals, including chimpanzees, but we have been dealing with several additional challenges as a consequence of the recent outbreak.