Hungry Orphans – a cost of the illegal trade in chimpanzees

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-17-50-59Ngamba Island Sanctuary in Lake Victoria provides a home and care for chimpanzees rescued from the  illegal market in threatened apes. Captured  for zoos, research and  the  pet trade, on average 10 adult chimpanzees are killed for each infant caught. A baby chimp can fetch up to $30,000 in the Middle East and Asia; sometimes  smuggled in in hand luggage!  Click here to hear Great Ape Survival Partnership Ambassador,  Richard Wrangham, talk about the huge impact that this is having on the survival of the Great Apes.

Ngamba Island’s forests  give often severely traumatized, rescued chimps as close to a natural home as possible. But this care does not come cheap and the apes need supplementary feeding and medical care.

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-17-51-10The Kasiisi Project is honored to partner with Ngamba Island Sanctuary.  When our school children make and deliver toys to baby chimpanzees on Ngamba, everyone’s lives are enriched. In return Ngamba staff visit our Wildlife Clubs and talk to our students about why sanctuaries play an important role in protecting chimpanzees. We also help build empathy in our students towards chimpanzees with field trips to Ngamba. And, thanks to funding from Columbus Zoo, we are building a “termite”  mound on Ngamba, so the  chimpanzees can mimic natural termite fishing behaviour by fishing for peanut butter.

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Kasiisi Project Students Making Puzzle Feeders

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Chimps figuring them out

Ngamba is holding a Great Apes Giving Day on Tuesday October 4th. They are asking for donations of only $10 each – a great stocking present maybe – to help feed their family of chimpanzees.

All donations until October 4th will be matched by the Arcus Foundation so anything you give will be doubled.

If you are interested in making a donation to this wonderful organization, please join the Kasiisi Project in donating here and thank you.

 
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