Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has donated a chimpanzee named Patience to Pandrillus Foundation, a conservation organisation.
According to Liza Gadsby and Peter Jenkins, founders of the organisation, Obasanjo wants three-year-old Patience to grow up in the forest as part of the large chimpanzee group at Drill Ranch Afi Mountain.
“Patience is a fantastic chimpanzee who has been well cared for by the staff of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Wildlife Park,” they said.
“Once she has completed her medical screening in Calabar, she will join the group at the newly completed Nigerian Chimpanzee Center – located at Drill Ranch Afi Mountain in Boki LGA of Cross River state.
“Pandrillus thanks Mr. President and his staff for their logistical support and hospitality during Peter and Liza’s working visit. Welcome, Patience!”
Pandrillus said it has embraced the challenge of preventing the extinction of the highly endangered drill monkey Mandrillus leucophaeus, and its mission has expanded to include chimpanzees, and other wildlife that share the drill’s habitat.