Christmas Appeal 2019: Endangered Chimpanzees Protected from Deadly Disease

Imagine two simple letters being able to strike fear into your very core. For the vets at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon this was their reality when a TB scare was gripping the country.

One of the endangered chimpanzees in their care had tragically died and the rest of the troop – 43 magnificent chimps – were dangerously at risk of being infected.

Due to a lack of supplies, or money with which to source the necessary equipment, the Centre faced the prospect of not being able to protect the threatened troop. Fortunately, Worldwide Veterinary Service were just an email away.

Within hours of the request for assistance, Worldwide Veterinary Service sent specialist supplies to protect these incredible animals.

These provisions enabled the centre to safely anesthetise each animal and perform an in-depth screening for tuberculosis. Early detection of infection was key to quarantining the chimps, preventing the spread of the disease while allowing treatment to be provided.

Thanks to the rapid response, made possible by you, all 43 chimpanzees survived and are once again living safely in this tranquil sanctuary.

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