A SWORDS woman has swapped office life for a life in the jungle pursuing her lifes passion in rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned chimpanzees deep in the forests of Cameroon.Lynn Clifford hails from Pine Grove in Swords and is home to raise money to improve conditions at a sanctuary for chimps, orphaned by poachers, in Cameroon.The aim of the Pongo Songo RehabilitatioBy John Manning
A SWORDS woman has swapped office life for a life in the jungle pursuing her life’s passion in rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned chimpanzees deep in the forests of Cameroon.
Lynn Clifford hails from Pine Grove in Swords and is home to raise money to improve conditions at a sanctuary for chimps, orphaned by poachers, in Cameroon.
The aim of the Pongo Songo Rehabilitation is to rescue, care for and rehabilitate chimpanzees whose parents have been killed for the growing ‘bush meat’ trade and by illegal logging.
The only thing that has saved these chimps is the fact that they are too small to eat, after being ripped from the still warm bodies of their murdered parents.
According to Lynn: ‘They experience nightmares, a complete lack of trust, depression and difficulty in adjusting but their ability to recover is inspiring.’
The sanctuary offers them a second chance at life but it needs your help to continue its valuable work with 100 per cent of your donations going to providing shelter, food, care and medication for the chimps.
Since Lynn arrived at the Pongo Songo rehabilitation project she has put her veterinary medicine experience to good use.
All the chimps at the sanctuary have been de-wormed and vaccinated for tetanus and TB. Each chimp on the island sanctuary now has a full set of medical records and continue to be monitored.
It’s all a long way from life in a Swords housing estate but Lynn said her interest in animals has been a life-long one.
‘We always had animals in the house - always two or three dogs. Walking home from mass or whatever you might find a bird on the side of the road and I’d pick it up and bring it home,’ Lynn told the Fingal Independent.
That interest lead to summer work in a local veterinary practice and years later, Lynn was working as a veterinary nurse in England.
It’s a job she loved but not one that succeeded in making ends meet and soon Lynn was working in office jobs but always with a nagging voice in the back of her head that said working with animals was her calling.
Now she’s answering the call, rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned chimps in Cameroon, only returning home to raise much-needed cash for the important and valuable conservation work.
You can contribute the sanctuary’s vital work by making donations on a regular or one-off basis to Account Number 00244818 at Ulster Bank.
The sort code is 985040 and 100 per cent of the donations will go straight to the sanctuary.