Chimpanzee News from #Uganda

MAY News & Updates
UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Evaluation of the children reading culture in Koome Islands
  • Wild Chimpanzee Day on 14th July 2019
  • Chimpanzee Health Checks on 21st – 31st July 2019
  • African Primate-logy Conference 2nd -6th September
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Familiarization Trips to Ngamba Island
In partnership with Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) and Uganda Tourism Board, we arranged four familiarization trips to Ngamba Island. We hosted 58 safari planners from Auto and 2 PHG China marketing firm representing Uganda in the Chinese market
The purpose of the familiarization trips was to equip the tour operators with first-hand experience about our products and services at the island.
PHG China marketing Firm visit to Ngamba Island
Staff Exchange programs at Ngamba Island
We are happy to have hosted Animal Keepers from Second Chance Chimpanzee Refuge Liberia at the sanctuary for three weeks, who shared their expertise about captive chimpanzee management and also learnt from us.
Promoting Conservation Education Through Books
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one. – George R.R. Martin

Chimpanzee Trust will be using a book entitled ”I protect Chimpanzees” to create awareness about the chimpanzee specie. Its a children’s book that encourages children to take an active role in the conservation of the species. It brings out the behavior of the chimpanzee specie, the threats it faces and what can be done to save them.

The Chimpanzee Trust has printed 10,000 children’s reading books to promote conservation education.The books are sponsored by thePan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)and its partners; we send our appreciation to the team at PASA for this resource.

The books will be distributed in more than 250 schools around the country including schools in central Uganda,around Koome Island and those adjacent to chimpanzee habitats in the Northern Albertine Rift region

The book was written by Diane Toomey and Deborah Meye and illustrated by Mary Swift promotes chimpanzee conservation and

Understanding the Community Adaptability on Human Wildlife Conflict in Bugoma Forest Reserve
In May 2019, Chimpanzee Trust Field team collected household data for farmers who are beneficiaries, as a first step in organizing these farmers into governance structures (community led compensation mechanisms) under the “Community adaptability to loss occasioned by wildlife in Uganda” Project”.
This project, funded by the Darwin Initiatives, is enabling Chimpanzee Trust support farming communities at the front line in the conservation of wild places, whose livelihoods are impacted by wildlife behavior.

Good farming practices that integrate biodiversity and ecosystem management (FAO, 2019) are vital for sustainable development, and the Chimpanzee Trust is fronting this under this Darwin funded project.

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The Farmer’s opinion on Wildlife
“I plant maize, rice and cassava and my entire cropping regime borders Bugoma Central Forest Reserve. It’s my maize that is mostly disturbed by baboons and Ugandan mangabeys and as a result my attitude towards wildlife is not rosy”

states Barongo John, 38 years old, father of 5 and a resident of Kisonsomya village, Kikuube district.

“In fact in 2016, a mangabey injured me, as I chased it from my maize garden”. John goes further and notes that “In a season, I forestall to profit when i plant crops, but in the end on average I lose about 33% of my harvest to wildlife specifically baboons and Uganda mangabeys from Bugoma Forest.”

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May 2019 Friends of the Sanctuary and Guardians
We take this opportunity to thank all our May 2019 supporters. Together we can do so much and alone so little.

  • John and Helen Moestue
  • Gorilla Tours LTD
  • Rodrigo Sara
  • Joan Troy
  • Tamara Day
  • Sue Barkley
  • Anouk
  • Miguel Lucio
  • Cindy Lucio
  • Lauren Clarke
  • Anthony Aubra
  • Mira
  • Robert Felix
  • Sue Barkley
  • Janie Meyer
  • Heather Murphy
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