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We're pleased to announce that the Volcanoes Safaris Primates of the Caribbean team have completed the Great Gorilla Run 2012!
The Great Gorilla Run is easily one of the most entertaining events to support conservation in the world, and has been held in London for the past nine years. Run by the Gorilla Organisation, the Great Gorilla Run seeks to raise funds for the conservation of gorillas in the wild.
The day itself was a magnificently sunny morning with an ideally cool breeze running through the streets of central London, following the mass of gorillas as they dashed past bemused onlookers and amused tourists. Running across Tower Bridge drew great support from those driving past as a chorus of horns sounded in celebration of the hoarde of gorilla-people running past. The reception by the people of London was fantastic, with cheers and clapping following wherever we ran; a real Olympic city!
The Volcanoes Safaris pair ran under the name 'Primates of the Caribbean'.
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.