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Tourisme culturel

CENTRE DE RÉHABILITATION DES PRIMATES DE LWIRO


Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center (Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro, or CRPL) was created in 2002 by two Congolese Institutions: Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and Centre de Recherché en Sciences Naturelles (CRSN). Poaching increased drastically during the Second Congolese War (1998-2004), and it was decided to create a safe place for orphaned primates to recover both physically and physiologically from their ordeals. CRPL is an important conservation tool for primates in the DRC. We are currently looking after 126 chimpanzees and 117 monkeys of 16 different species, all of them victims of the pet trade and/or poaching. Without centers like ours, no confiscation of captive animals would be possible, which also makes us essential for law enforcement. Strategically situated only 4 km away from Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP), defined by the IUCN as the world’s 3rd most important site for the conservation of the Eastern Chimpanzee; makes Lwiro the ideal location for chimpanzee rehabilitation, local conservation education, and outreach.

LOCALISATION : Lwiro South Kivu, DemocratiC Republic Of the Congo