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GRASP (Great Apes Survival Partnership) has launched a blog competition asking the general public 'How Can Technology Save the Great Apes?' The winner will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Paris to attend the 2nd GRASP Council at the beginning of November 2012.
Blog posts eligible for entry are limited to less than 500 words and must be posted on the GRASP Facebook page or sent by email to [email protected] before the closing date of September 15th. All entries will be judged by a panel of conservation experts. The winner - from a shortlist of five - will be voted for by the public. The closing date is October 1st, a month before the Council meetings on 8th and 9th November.
"Great ideas come from inspiration, and GRASP believes the online community offers a unique perspective on some of the conservation issues we face," said Doug Cress, Co-Ordinator of GRASP. "If there is a new or novel approach to protecting chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas or bonobos out there, we want to hear it."
According to their newsletter, "The competition is an opportunity to flex writing skills and creative energy, and entrants are encouraged to offer bold, visionary ideas. Technology is rapidly assuming a major role in the battle to protect great apes and their habitat, and GRASP is seeking ideas that are fresh and innovative."
Rules of entry and further details of the Great Apes Survival Partnership blog competition can be found on the GRASP website.
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.