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Aliette Jamart, the founder of HELP Congo, rescued Lucie and brought her to the sanctuary in 1990. If Lucie had not been saved, she would likely have spent her life behind bars as an illegal pet or in a dilapidated zoo.

Thanks to the loving, rehabilitative care Lucie received at HELP Congo, she recovered from her physical and emotional trauma and joined a chimpanzee family. Staff worked hard to help Lucie learn the skills she needed to return to the forest. In 2000, Lucie and her family were reintroduced to the wild.

This year, Lucie turns 30, including the 20 years she has been wild and free! She has one 14-year-old son, Kissiwu, who is still with her, and she is pregnant again.

Lucie is just one of many chimps that HELP Congo has returned to the forests in Congo. To protect these endangered animals, HELP Congo ensures eco guards patrol the national park and staff monitor the health of the released chimps.

Rescued chimps like Lucie deserve the chance to live safely in the forest. They can’t get there without you.

HELP Congo gives long-term care to chimpanzees rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, the bushmeat trade, and other cruelty. Furthermore, HELP Congo was the first facility in the world to successfully reintroduce chimpanzees back to the wild.

Donate to HELP Congo


This year, Lucie turns 30, including the 20 years she has been wild and free! She has one 14-year-old son, Kissiwu, who is still with her, and she is pregnant again.

Lucie is just one of many chimps that HELP Congo has returned to the forests in Congo. To protect these endangered animals, HELP Congo ensures eco guards patrol the national park and staff monitor the health of the released chimps.

Rescued chimps like Lucie deserve the chance to live safely in the forest. They can’t get there without you.

HELP Congo gives long-term care to chimpanzees rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, the bushmeat trade, and other cruelty. Furthermore, HELP Congo was the first facility in the world to successfully reintroduce chimpanzees back to the wild.