Ngamba Island Chimps

ngamba-island-chimps-websiteNgamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a chimps caregiver center and orphanage located on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake, in Uganda. Situated 23kms and a 90min boat ride off the jetty at Entebbe, the island’s 100 acres of rain-forest supports a rich diversity of wildlife and natural foods as well as ample roaming space and habitat for the current 49 orphaned chimpanzees in her care; most of them rescued by Uganda Wildlife Authority from illegal poachers and considered unlikely to survive if reintroduced into the wild. NB: chimpanzees, considered man’s socially and genetically closest relatives, are one of The Great Apes family of primates and listed in the IUCN’s red list of endangered species due to habitat loss and illegal poaching for bush meat as well as pets. To supplement her kitty and increase awareness, the conservancy which is managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) through donor funding, welcomes local and international tourist for daytime viewing (during the chimps feeding time), full day caregiver experiences with the volunteers, as well as overnight stays in the four accommodation tents pitched in the camp grounds next to the staff areas at a minimal fee. All activities on the island follow ecologically sensitive ethos including compost toilets, rainwater harvesting, solar power for electricity and water-heating as well as proper waste management practices. Kindly note that care giver experience participants are required to take several precautionary vaccinations to ensure protection from potential illnesses that can come from close encounters with the animals.

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