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The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust is proud to help sponsor Kyambura Gorge's first ever Chimpanzee Baby Naming Ceremony!
The ceremony will take place at UWA Fig Tree Camp on July 18th at 9:30am. During the ceremony four babies will be named and the VSPT will also be donating binoculars to the guides at Fig Tree to help them with their monitoring efforts.
Nicole Simmons, Chimpanzee Researcher in Kyambura Gorge and the VSPT Project Coordinator in the area, will be delivering a presentation about the chimps in the Gorge that she has spent years of her life studying and researching. While researching the population Nicole noticed that Emiti, one of the female chimps who gave birth just under three years ago to a young and healthy baby, Enyanja, has given birth again to a baby girl. This is particularly astonishing as the average interval is five years!
For more information about the chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, attending the ceremony or tracking the chimps in Uganda, please contact us and we'll be more than happy to tell you all about your options! You can also check out the new Facebook page of the Chimpanzee Community in the Kyambura Gorge!
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.