Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary

The Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro is a home for rescued primates, primarily infants whose parents were poached. As the only chimpanzee and monkey sanctuary in the Kivu region, the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro acts as a crucial resource for all conservation organizations working in the area, and it provides valuable insight into the conservation is-sues in and around the park. Currently, it houses over 100 primates, and a new chimp enclosure is currently under construction to simulate the primates’ natural environment.

The Centre Intégral d’Education de Lwiro (CIEL) is run by Spanish NGO Coopera in conjunction with the Centre de Recherches en Sciences Naturelles (CRSN), a research center built by the Belgians in the 1950s, the CIEL offers visitors a tour through the human and natural history of the region. Attractions include a biodiversity room showcasing the high endemicity of species in the region, an anthropological center, a botanical garden, a walk through the CRSN and its herpetology lab, and a magnificent library built by the Belgians.