"Forest of Hope" - Chimpanzees in West Africa

On Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, doctoral student Rupak Khadka invites everybody to see the documentary film "Forest of Hope" at Kiel University (CAU).

''Forest of Hope'' features the world's first recorded white chimpanzee called ''Pinkie''. Pinkie was one of the orphaned chimpanzees rescued and sheltered at the "Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary".

This documentry is about Pinkie's story as she prepares to join her new family of chimpanzees at the sanctuary in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Rupak Khadka from Nepal is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at Kiel University with an interest in Tuberculosis diagnostics of non-human primates. He spent 18 months (April 2011 - October 2012) of his research work at "Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary", Sierra Leone, West Africa. The sanctuary is located in the hills of Western Area Peninsula Forest Reserve, Freetown, Sierra Leone. It is part of a large programme, the "Sierra Leone Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Programme", playing a vital role in stopping the trade and preserving chimpanzees in the wild. The sanctuary homes and rehabilitates confiscated, orphaned and abandoned chimpanzees and helps to protect wild chimpanzees through law enforcement, education and community development.

Dr. Edgar Schallenberger, formerly a professor at the Institute for Animal Hygiene and Organic Animal Husbandry at the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, will give some explanations on chimpanzees suffering from tuberculosis before the film starts. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

More information about Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary:

www.tacugama.com

In a Nutshell:

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, 19:00 h

Venue: Audimax, Hall A, Christian-Albrechts-Platz 2, 24118 Kiel

The documentary will be shown free but if any one will be interested to donate that will be much appreciated. All the donations will go directly towards the sanctuary running costs.

Contact:

Rupak Khadka

Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandy

Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

Phone: 0176/864 84 995

Email: khadka.rupak3@gmail.com

Mr. Khadka is available for interview requests.