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Severe storms hit Drill Ranch

The Drill Ranch in Nigeria was hit by devastating storms. Buildings were destroyed. Drill monkeys were killed. The devastation is almost beyond words. Please read the following report from the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA).

Drill Ranch cares for over 500 extremely endangered drill monkeys and 31 chimpanzees. At best of times, providing excellent care to so many animals in such a difficult country is dauting. A tragedy has laid waste to Drill Ranch. Two brutal rain and wind storms tore down dozens of huge trees at the sanctuary.

The enclosure fences that keep the wildlife safe from hunters' guns were crushed. The veterinary clinic, the water supply for chimps, solar panels, and staff housing were also destroyed by fallen trees. This is the greatest catastrophe in the history of Drill Ranch.

As soon as the storms ended, staff did everything the possibly could to ensure the safety of the animals. They worked through the night and into the next day to repair the fences and clear the road of fallen trees, so visitors could leave and supplies and equipment could be brought in.

Somehow, no humans were injured. But as the staff cleared the wreckage, they were heartbroken to find that five drill monkeys had been killed.

After clearing the roads, staff brought more machetes, fuel for chainsaws, and other supplies. They worked tirelessly for nine days to restore the enclosure fences. Fortunately, they were able to return the other animals to their enclosures.

The work at Drill Ranch is only beginning, and it can only be possible with your donations. Drill Ranch urgently needs medical supplies, chainsaws and other tools, and construction materials to build a new vet clinic and staff housing. The estimated costs are in the tens of thousands of dollars, and Drill Ranch doesn't have funds for this.

Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) www.pasaprimates.org

 

 

April 2017