GRASP launches new ‘Smart’ design website

Gorilla Safari

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) has launched a new ‘Smart’ design website this week, March 2015. It offers important information about chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos with sections on each species, a library of videos, publications, news releases and a calendar of international events.

critically endangered mountain gorilla Uganda
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is a United Nations initiative that was founded in response to the critical threats facing great apes and the forest ecosystems on which they depend to survive

The GRASP coordinator Doug Cress said: “As GRASP moves to the forefront of great ape conservation, it is important that our technology keeps pace with a fast-changing world. This new website not only links the GRASP partners; it also engages and informs the general public in a user-friendly format that will highlight important issues.”

The GRASP website includes links to the GRASP apeAPP mobile phone application, GRASP’s social media platforms, and the GRASP Chinese-language site on Sina Weibo. With these new developments from GRASP, those who are passionate about conserving the great apes will have access to all the information they need to help ensure protection of the great apes.

For more information, visit the Great Apes Survival Partnership website.

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Safari Activities

Chimpanzee Tracking

Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.

Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.