Volcanoes Safaris is delighted to announce a long-term partnership between the Jane Goodall Institute Uganda (JGI) and Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) for supporting the lost chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge. The partnership was announced on the 10th anniversary of the opening of Kyambura Gorge Lodge and World Chimpanzee Day.
The plight of the thirty isolated chimpanzees living in Kyambura Gorge has brought Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust and the Jane Goodall Institute together to support their future survival, in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The partnership with JGI will significantly reinforce community-led conservation and ecotourism development centred around the Kyambura Gorge landscape in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
The partnership will focus on the following six key objectives:
- Planning a program of action in conjunction with local stakeholders – communities, UWA and tourism organisations
- Expanding community outreach programs through the JGI Roots & Shoots program and the VSPT Community Centre
- Expanding the VSPT buffer zone to protect chimpanzee habitat
- Developing further ecotourism activities
- Diversifying local livelihoods and improving smart crop husbandry
- Evaluating the feasibility of connecting the chimpanzees to a neighbouring forest
Announcing the partnership, Praveen Moman, Founder Volcanoes Safaris and Chair of VSPT said: “The VSPT Kyambura Gorge Ecotourism Partnership has worked to safeguard the threatened chimpanzee community and give local communities a stake in conservation and tourism over the last 10 years. This partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute will bring in new expertise in chimpanzee conservation, research and outreach and build on our work in the Kyambur Gorge Landscape.”
Anna Rathmann, Executive Director of Jane Goodall Institute USA, said: “Focused efforts to help the chimpanzees of Kyambura is another great example of how the Jane Goodall Institute supports individuals and their communities, as well as populations of chimpanzees across their range. There is significant potential for community-driven conservation – especially through sustainable ecotourism – and we look forward to what this partnership will deliver for these chimpanzees.”
Volcanoes Safaris has also published a booklet documenting their conservation and community work at Kyambura Gorge, which was inspired by Founder Praveen’s visits to the area as a child- Safeguarding the Lost Chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge.
For lodge bookings and the opportunity for guests to participate in community and conservation activities please contact [email protected]
For further information about the VSPT-JGI Partnership please contact:
Alexandra Avila [email protected]
Shawn Sweeney [email protected]
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