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VSPT Announces Support of Critical Survey in the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area

Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) is excited to support a survey for large carnivores in the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area in Uganda. In particular, for the African lion, leopard and spotted hyena.

VSPT provided support of over $12,000 for camera traps, field work, and a Ugandan researcher to lead the work. This project will collect crucial data over a three-month period using remote camera traps and a network of field teams.

Dr Alexsander Braczkowski, Research Fellow from Southern University of Science & Technology, explains "the monitoring of large carnivores in Uganda is essential for future generations and there is no better way to do this than through a collaborative program led by Ugandan researchers, rangers, scientists and students".

We are thrilled to contribute towards this important cause and are thankful to everyone who is taking part, especially the Uganda Wildlife Authority for their sustained conservation work in a challenging environment.

Read the full article from the Adventure Travel Trade Association here: VSPT Announces Support of African Lion and Large Carnivore Survey in the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area 

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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.