January 2015 bulletin

Chimp news from the Ugandan Chimpanzee Trust


Greetings from Chimpanzee Trust. January has been a quiet month for us. We took some time off to re-strategise and plan for 2015. We shall keep you posted on the progress of our plans through the year.
Panthoots from Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. We thank you for your support to the chimpanzees in our care; whether you visited, made a direct donation, or told your friends about our work, we appreciate.

Chimpanzee Trust, the organisation that manages Ngamba Island still faces a challenge with feeding and veterinary care for the individuals in our care. Over the years, the visitor numbers to Africa, Uganda and consequently the sanctuary have greatly reduced mainly because of the Global economic recess and the recent Ebola scourge in Africa. This has impacted our revenue. While the Trust is working towards becoming sustainable, at the moment we still survive on the generosity and sympathy from people like you.

We appeal to you to give today. Every penny counts. Make a nontaxable donation through razoo.


Camera traps to ease chimpanzee monitoring
Since 2008, we’ve been monitoring privately owned forests in Hoima district to document mammal ecology and behavior, in addition to human impacts on the forests. We have been doing periodic weekly monitoring patrols that document presence of mammals and changes occurring in the forests as a result of human impacts.

We noted however that during patrol monitoring, some salient mammal observation could not be documented such as chimpanzees nesting on the ground and chimpanzee interactions with other primates in the forest.

This challenge has since been curbed with a donation of 6 camera traps for monitoring in Itohya forest, western Uganda, from Utah’s Hogle Zoo Facebook

‘With the cameras, I believe we shall get more accurate and unique reports about the mammals, especially chimpanzee behaviour as this will not be influenced by human presence during the monitoring process,’ says Paul Hatanga, Field Conservation Projects Manager.

Itohya forest, 374 hectares, is one of the remaining privately owned forests in the Murchison Semliki that is monitored by the Chimpanzee Trust Field team. The forest is home to about 50-60 chimpanzees.

Special thanks to Ms. Boanna Owens who delivered the cameras.

A picture of baby chimpanzee with its mother in Itohya forest
Chimpanzee Sanctuary&Wildlife Conservation Trust | Plot 1 Bank Close | POB 884 | Entebbe | Uganda
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