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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda

Uganda Travel / Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in October 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Many of the chimpanzees were rescued from poachers and are unlikely to survive reintroduction to the wild.

The Born Free Foundation is an international conservation and animal rights organisation based in the United Kingdom focusing on wild animals. It originated in 1984 as the “Zoo Check Campaign” by actors Virginia McKenna and her husband Bill Travers along with their son Will Travers and four associates.


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McKenna and Travers had been greatly affected by the plight of wild animals after starring together in the 1966 film Born Free which told the story of George and Joy Adamson as they returned Elsa the Lioness to the wilds of Africa.They appeared in several more films about animals and produced wildlife and anti-zoo documentaries for television.

The Born Free Foundation Limited was officially established on 20 July 1998, and as an umbrella organisation it consists today of the Zoo Check Campaign, Elefriends Campaign, Wolf Campaign, Dolphin Campaign, Primate Campaign, Big Cat Campaign, and the Bear Campaign. It is a charity registered in England & Wales.

The Born Free Foundation undertakes animal welfare, conservation and public awareness campaigns to prevent animal abuse and to keep wildlife in its natural habitat. Its logo is a lion, which its website states is a likeness of Elsa.

The foundation, which is part of the International Tiger Coalition (ITC), has two big cat sanctuaries in South Africa at the Shamwari Game Reserv] in the Eastern Cape.

“Wild & Live!” event

On Saturday 14 November 2009 Bryan Adams, Martin Clunes, Gabriella Cilmi, Mutya Buena, Joanna Lumley and many other celebrity supporters gathered at the Royal Albert Hall to help save 25,000 wild animals and commemorate the Born Free Foundation’s 25th Anniversary year

Ngamba Island is 100 acres (approximately 40 hectares) of rainforest situated a short boat ride (23 km) away from Entebbe, near the Equator in Lake Victoria, Uganda. It supports a rich diversity of natural wildlife and provides a variety of natural foods for the chimpanzees.

The island is set up as an eco-friendly project with compost toilets, rainwater collection, proper waste management practices and solar energy for electricity and hot water.

The Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation which is co-ordinated and managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust. CSWCT is a partnership with six organizations committed to the welfare and conservation of wildlife. The Trustees are:

Located in the middle of beautiful Lake Victoria, the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a popular destination for visitors wanting to learn more about chimpanzees while supporting a conservation-minded organization. This tour takes you straight from your Kampala hotel to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary for hassle-free transit to the island attraction.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda 2018 – Kampala at Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 48 orphaned chimps rescued from throughout Uganda. Island facilities offer day and overnight visitors an exceptional opportunity to observe these fascinating great apes in this unique setting. Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), an NGO, is responsible for all aspects of the sanctuary at Ngamba Island. Deeply committed to and involved in the conservation education of local communities, CSWCT also works with the Ugandan government and wildlife authorities in their rescue operations of orphaned and confiscated chimps. Have a Chimpanzee experience and make a change in their lives. Experience a rare and unforgettable experience to view Chimpanzees in a near wild like setting while helping to preserve their precious habitat thereby contributing to conservation of their species. Entrance fees go directly to funding the costs of the sanctuary. This sanctuary was started by the world famous Chimpanzee conservation Guru.


Protecting Great Apes

JGI works to protect chimpanzees and other primates by supporting sanctuaries, law enforcement efforts to reduce illegal trafficking, and public education to protect endangered species in the wild.

Improving Gender and Health Outcome

JGI achieves this through community-centered health projects, improvements to water supplies, and programs designed to keep girls in school.

Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods

JGI does this through improved agricultural practices, community-managed microcredit programs, and sustainable production techniques that increase incomes while protecting forests and watersheds.

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