I am hoping to raise $3,500 in total by June to extend and renovate Timothy's Troop's enclosure. I know it seems a lot but alongside this there will be many other fundraising activities taking place along the way. For more information PLEASE read on. Below are the wonderful faces of the incredible animals you will be helping. When I achieve my goals all the work and change will be put on here to show you what you've helped to do. Feel great for 2018 and do something AMAZING!
In 2015 I was given the task of looking after Kat, a three month old Chacma Baboon, who's mother had been tragically killed. After four weeks this ridiculously confident and amazing baboon was weaned very smoothly into Timothy's group, which consists of four adult females, two adult males and four other juvenile baboons (Issac, Gam Gam, Georgia and Ogre).
C.A.R.E is a charity which relies heavily on volunteer support and donations and like any charity organisation not all the enclosures and facilities are ideal. Since being weaned Kat has grown into a beautiful baboon however she has also tripled in size along with the other juveniles. This means, that an enclosure that once seemed adequate is now getting smaller and smaller.
C.A.R.E looks after nearly 500 Chacma Baboons and they have been divided into around 30 troops. In the last two years volunteers have been incredibly useful with Troop enclosure cleans, allowing troops to enjoy a much needed cleaner and hygienic environment. To do this, the baboons need to be moved into one side of their enclosure allowing the volunteers to do a deep clean in the other half. By extending Timothy's enclosure it will allow volunteers to clean, along with giving them a much needed larger area as at the moment the enclosure is unable to be cleaned.
Along with enlarging the enclosure I would like to concrete the enclosure floor, which at the moment is just dirt. By concreting the floor it means volunteers can clean much more efficiently and we can then lay different substrate in their enclosure, along with branches and leaves, which they can forage through. Leaving the enclosure floor as dirt can cause parasites and life threatening illnesses.
These amazing, intelligent and sometimes cheeky animals have all gone through horrifying and traumatic experiences and the respect I have for their resilience is overwhelming. In South Africa baboons are seen as huge pests and there is very little sympathy given towards their cause. Therefore, finding spaces to place them back out into the wild is extremely difficult. Kat's troop may not get to be realised for a long time so the idea that we can create a much better life for them is fantastic. Humans are the main reason they have found themselves away from their families, so I feel it's only right for us to try and give back and allow them to have a much more enjoyable life at C.A.R.E.
Kat & her adoptive mum Esther
Kat on the dirt floor we hope to be able to concrete and clean!
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