The Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz (also known as Loango Ape Project) is based at Mpando and Evengue-Ezango island, which are located 12 km south of the small town Omboué and just north of Loango National Park. The rehabilitation and reintroduction programme is a member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, comprised of 21 sanctuaries in 12 African countries which rescue and rehabilitate primates. The Loango Ape Project is focused on young confiscated gorillas orphaned by Gabon's illegal bushmeat trade. The project started when a family group arrived to the enclosure in Evengué-Ezango in July 2001 from Franceville Research Center. They were female Kessala, silverback Mabeke and their offspring Kim and Congo. Saddly, Congo died on the first attempt to release them, but Kessala gave birth in July 2003 to a male baby called Ozange, sired by Mabeke, who became the first gorilla born at the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project.

The Project's facilities consist of a quarantine facility and a wooden orphanage, as well as a sanctuary located on a small island of 2 square kilometres in the Fernan Vaz Lagoon. This is the area used for the group of young orphan gorillas. On Evengue, the gorillas (Owendja and Essogoué) reside in a semi-natural captive setting and are fed and monitored by trained local keepers. Though the initial goal was for these gorillas to access the entire island, it soon became apparent that their life histories, as well as the level of adjustement required from life-long in captivity into a larger natural area, did not allow for a full release onto the island.

Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz keeps 12 gorillas divided in three groups:

 GROUP 1

GIMENU

SINDELA

IVINDO

CESSÉ

ÉLIWA

WANGA

BÉLINGA

 


GROUP 2:

COLA

CAROLINE

TANI




GROUP 3

OWENDJA

ESSOGOUÉ


CONGO †

KESSALA †

KIM †

OZANGE †

MABEKE


Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

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