Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 52 orphaned and rescued chimpanzees and also protects wild chimpanzees. The sanctuary provides feeding and veterinary care to orphaned chimpanzees. The sanctuary also supports communities living next to wild chimpanzee habitat to promote habitat conservation and improve their livelihoods. The chimpanzee is an endangered species and our work ensures its survival in the wild and protected areas, critical to the survival of the species.
The current travel restrictions, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, have affected the tourism industry that contributes 50% of the cost of operations for the care and welfare of 52 orphaned and rescued chimpanzees as well as sponsoring wild chimpanzee monitoring and habitat restoration programs. Donations and support from a struggling economy in Uganda have dried up, risking the lives and welfare of the animals at the sanctuary and hampering protection of the wild chimpanzees.
The project will enable Chimpanzee Trust to provide for the care of 52 orphaned chimpanzees at the sanctuary with food (also includes the construction of an eco-stove that uses volcanic rocks instead of charcoal) and medicine. The project shall further support the monitoring of wild chimpanzee populations to reduce the risk of introduction of the COVID-19 disease in the wild population and enhance community sensitization to the risk of the disease and hopefully reduce human-wildlife conflict.
The survival of the orphaned and rescued chimpanzees on Ngamba Island as a representation of the plight of the species. The protection of wild chimpanzees and reduction in the destruction of their forest habitat. The reduction of human-wildlife conflict Continuation of conservation and environment education to children affected by the shut-down of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.