Thursday, October 24, 2013

P-Day at the Primate Park

We visited the Mefou Primate Park this week.  It is run by Ape Action Africa.  They rescue orphaned and injured gorillas and chimpanzees.  They work with the communities to ensure long-term solutions for survival in the wild.  President Olinga and President Bala, from the District Presidency, drove a truck and helped us transport 4 of the Elders.  We took the other 6 with us.  President Olinga led the way, which is truly a dirt road through the jungle.  It had rained the night before, so the muddy road was slick.  President Olinga tells the story that the Elders were making him laugh, and he wasn't paying attention as they were driving along.  Unfortunately, they started sliding off the road.  Thank goodness, we carried an army of Elders to help push him back up onto the road and we were safely on our way.  Enjoy the pictures!

This is President Olinga.  He is the First Counselor in the District Presidency.  He is so good with our Elders.  They tell us he is just like their older brother.  He was a young missionary once, so he loves to take good care of them.
This is President Bala, our District President.  He is such a humble man and has a great testimony.  He speaks English, which surprised the Elders.  He always speaks to them in French.  He helps us with any of our needs.

They always warn us that the apes will throw "poop".  Sure enough, for some reason I was the target.  He blindsided me and I didn't see it coming.  

A satisfied ape!  Not a fair fight.  I can't throw back ;)

We enjoyed tuna fish sandwiches, chocolate chip cookies and apples for lunch.

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