Ultimate Guide to Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center

In 2002, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and the Centre de Récherché en Sciences Naturelles (CRSN) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo established the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center (CRPL). There was a decision to establish a sanctuary for abandoned monkeys so they may heal physically and psychologically after the Second Congolese War (1998–2004) saw a dramatic rise in poaching.

Lwiro Primates in now accredited by Global Federation Of Animal Sanctuaries

“We are proud to be accredited by GFAS. This accreditation signifies our unwavering commitment to maintaining high standards of animal care and welfare. It reflects the hard work and dedication we have put into ensuring the well-being of the animals under our care. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts and will continue to strive for excellence in animal welfare.”

Primate conservation in the DRC relies heavily on CRPL. All of the fourteen species of monkeys and thirty-three chimpanzees under our care have fallen prey to poachers or the pet trade. It is impossible for law enforcement to seize caged animals without centers like ours, which is why we are crucial.

The perfect place for chimpanzee rehabilitation, local conservation education, and outreach is Lwiro, which is strategically situated only 4 km away from Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP), which is classified by the IUCN as the world’s third most important site for the conservation of the Eastern Chimpanzee.


Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre – indiegogo campaign-

CRPL is an accredited sanctuary by Pan Africans Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).

Activities Done By Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center

Wild apes now have advocates in the form of our domesticated chimpanzees and monkeys. We reach over 4,500 people annually through our education and sensitization campaign. The following are other areas of involvement for CRPL:

  • Rescue, rehabilitation, and planned reintroduction of confiscated wildlife
  • Conservation and environmental education
  • Community development, health, and sanitation projects
  • Research programs and activities
  • Local and international tourism
  • Collaboration with local and international organizations

What We Do:

  • Rescue
    We work with the Congolese government (ICCN) to protect monkeys and other animals from poachers. A whopping 84% of the chimps make it there before they’re even born.
  • Rehabilitation
    Similar to how we form strong bonds with our mothers, infant primates do the same. Chimpanzees, for example, remain in close proximity to their mothers until they are about five years old.
  • Reintegration of sexual victims
    Tragically, sexual assault occurs in the DRC. We help survivors of sexual abuse find employment.
    In the process of aiding victims, they undergo rehabilitation themselves.
  • Capacity Building
    Now that our crew has received so much training in animal husbandry, we take great pride in their abilities. However, our building potential is infinite, and we owe it all to.
  • Environmental education
    One way to make a difference is by education. More than 3,500 individuals were contacted by our awareness and education program in 2018, with almost 90% of them being.
  • Stakeholders awareness
    We host specific awareness sessions for police and military personnel in collaboration with ICCN. Our aim is to educate and acquaint people with the laws and regulations governing wildlife in the Congo.
  • Community support
    Only the CRPL and its governmental partner, the CRSN, provide jobs in the Lwiro area. A significant problem in South Kivu and the DRC as a whole is the high unemployment rate at
  • Alternative livelihoods
    The villages surrounding Kahuzi-Biega National Park have been participating in CRPL’s comprehensive Conservation Program since 2006. In a nation where the daily struggles of poverty and insecurity are.
  • Law enforcement
    By operating a sanctuary for confiscated animals (mostly from ICCN), we want to strengthen the enforcement of wildlife regulations in the Congo. In the absence of such backing,
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