CENTRE DE REHABILITATION DES PRIMATES DE LWIRO
The Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (CRPL) was established in 2002 by the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and the Centre de Recherché en Sciences Naturelles (CRSN) when it became apparent that the illegal trade in wildlife was a problem in the area and that the animals confiscated as a result required rehabilitation and long term care.
The CRPL houses 55 chimpanzees and 75 monkeys, representing more than ten different species. With established education and awareness programs, and as the only wildlife sanctuary in the region, the CRPL acts as a crucial resource for all conservation organizations working in the area. The Centre, situated just outside the boundary of the UNESCO listed Parc National de Kahuzi-Biega (PNKB), is considered by the ICCN a part of its park system, making it the ideal venue for great ape health, law enforcement and conservation programs. The CRPL is also an active member of the Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for the Kivu Landscape in DRC.
The CRPL is involved in the following activities:
• 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