Jenny and Jim Desmonds arrived in Liberia in with a big job to do – overseeing the care of the 66 chimpanzees abandoned on six islands by the New York Blood Center.
Little did they know that, within weeks of their arrival, the government would be adding to their workload by bringing them orphaned baby chimpanzees who needed sanctuary.
Liberia forestry authorities brought them 19 young chimpanzees in need of parents and a home.
Unlike the blood center chimps, who were fully grown and living somewhat independently, the majority of these chimps were newly orphaned by poachers who killed their mothers for bush-meat.
Like human babies, these chimpanzees need around-the-clock care.