After the successful completion of the Chimpanzee Health Checks, almost all of the chimpanzees have been issued a clean bill of health. However a few laboratory results for some of the chimpanzees have the Vets a little concerned about health and as such, they have proposed a dietary change as some of the older chimpanzees have blood sugar levels bordering the unhealthy status.
One wonders if the reduced sugar diet shall be noticed!!! The younger ones that need the sugars shall be given special consideration. Strict feeding protocols have been reviewed for Okech who has a chronic kidney condition (though much improved) and further testing for Megan who had rather high ‘bad’ cholesterol values that are a risk to her heart health.
In other news, fights continue and this month has seen a few serious injuries to survivor as he underwent integration. Megan also was bitten during a scuffle with the other chimpanzees, a clear indication of the threat to her ‘position’ in the hierarchy of dominant females of the Ngamba chimp community. The injuries were easily addressed by the vet team.
Voices Of Reason
Student from Damba Parents’ primary school participating in the debate
With support from Born Free Foundation,the Chimpanzee Trust organized a debate and quiz competition among Koome Island schools on the 12th August 2016. This annual event is aimed at creating awareness of chimpanzee conservation and educating on environmental management, promoting young talents and reducing school dropout rate by making the school experience interesting and more meaningful, amongst these fishing communities. This year’s theme focused on Culture and Sanitation, and the topics were," Culture is or is not responsible for the sanitation challenges in Koome Sub County". Nine Island schools participated in this event, with local leaders, parents, and other students that came to watch and learn.
Chimpanzee Trust Curbs Global Warming
One of the private forests in the PES projects
The Trust is proud to have implemented the pilot Payment for Ecosystems (PES) scheme that has been acknowledged as "a very effective way to slow deforestation" in the Energy and Environment section of the Washington Post.
Chimpanzee Trust was contacted by CEPF regional office in Kenya to build the capacity of their Kenyan grantees that are set to implement Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) projects in key biodiversity areas in Kenya. This has led to hosting Ms. Leah Mwangi from the Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) and Mr. Paul Gacheru from Nature Kenya on Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) site exchange.
Paul and Leah held meeting with Chimpanzee Trust staff who implemented the GEF/UNEP "Developing an Experimental Methodology for Testing the Effectiveness of Payment for Ecosystem Services to Enhance Conservation in Productive Landscapes in Uganda" project 2010-2014.