Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection (LCRP) is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary and conservation center in Liberia rescuing chimpanzees who are victims of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades.
More than 60 orphaned chimpanzees, nearly all under the age of five, are currently under the care of LCRP. Each month, more captive chimpanzees are confiscated, allowing for the enforcement of Liberia’s wildlife laws and implementation of critical awareness activities to protect and preserve chimpanzees. Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection is a Liberian NGO, collaborating with local and international partners in caring for current chimpanzee residents and the development of long term strategies to combat the illegal trade and conservation of chimpanzees and other protected wildlife. LCRP employs a One Health One Welfare philosophy in all of their work. LCRP’s U.S. affiliate (501c3) is Partners in Animal Protection and Conservation.
Jenny Desmond is Founder of both Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection in West Africa and Partners in Animal Welfare and Protection in the U.S. Jenny has played leadership roles in:
multiple funding, marketing and project management programs;
created strategic business development plans;
established and improved numerous animal care protocols;
collaborated on diverse wildlife crime fighting initiatives, and;
managed the rehabilitation of a diverse number of wildlife species, for a multitude of animal protection and conservation organizations throughout the world, with an emphasis on great apes.
An animal welfare and conservation consultant, Jenny also provides guidance and support in a variety of capacities to international private and not for profit organizations. She has collaborated with a diverse collection of organizations included the Jane Goodall Institute, Born Free Foundation, Smithsonian Institute, Fauna Flora International, EcoHealth Alliance and numerous other local and global wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, protection and conservation organizations.
“Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection’s mission is to rescue chimpanzees in need and keep wild chimps wild.
“Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives. They feel, love, play, argue, show compassion, and experience trauma. They speak their own language and have their own cultures. The mother-child bond in chimpanzees is equal to the one we share with our own children. Families stay together for life.
“Chimpanzees are gardeners of the forest and ensure that Africa’s forests thrive. They protect biodiversity and serve as Ambassadors – teaching humans across the globe that we all matter and that we all play a part in saving planet earth.
“Together we can raise awareness about the importance of each individual chimpanzee whether he or she is in LCRP’s care or still living in the forest where they should remain. Together we can save our closest cousins and in turn, save