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Care for Rescued Chimpanzees

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Help a rescued chimpanzee return to the wild!

Each year in Africa, thousands of adult chimpanzees are killed by poachers for the illegal "bush meat" trade. Orphaned baby chimpanzees are then captured and sent, under frightening and dangerous conditions, to either end up as a roadside attractions or to be sold as pets.

Rescued from the pet trade yet unable to survive in the wild, many of these fragile creatures find a safe haven at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the Ugandan waters of eastern Africa's massive Lake Victoria. There they are able to recover from their captivity, socialize with other rescued chimpanzees, and learn new skills. The ultimate goal is to reintroduce them into the wild.

The forest at Ngamba Island is too small to be able to sustain the chimpanzees, and is not a natural habitat for them. Sanctuary caretakers provide fruit, vegetables, and other suitable foods, as well as veterinary care. This beautiful island also provides excellent habitat for other species, including fruit bats, majestic fish eagles, otters, and monitor lizards.

You can help these orphaned chimpanzees! Your donation through this Gift That Gives More™ provides care, nutritious food, medication, and toys and enrichment materials to promote development.

Report from the Field

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda currently has 48 orphaned rescued chimpanzees in its care.

The integration of four new chimps (Sara, Medina, Cocoa, and Mini) has progressed. During a supervised trip to the forest on the island, they were excited, climbed trees, and had a good experience. This was part of the process of familiarization with the new habitat prior to being released with the rest of the chimps.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress. The Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust is working toward a future in which Africa's chimpanzee populations are appreciated and valued by the public, secure in their natural habitat, and are no longer threatened.

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