The world’s most prominent chimpanzee conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace arrived yesterday in Kampala.
The 84 year old Goodall was invited as Special Guest for the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary’s 20th anniversary celebration, scheduled to take place at Speke Resort Munyonyo today Thursday, 7 June 2018.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is currently home to 49 orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees, rescued from the illegal pet and bush meat trade.
Since 2008, Ngamba opened new doors in great ape rehabilitation and conservation which has enabled it focus attention of the global community on the plight of man’s closest relatives and their environment.
Lilly Ajarova the Executive director Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, sad Goodall’s presence at the event is an honor.
Goodall will meet the chimpanzee care givers and tour the 100- acre Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary, located 23 kilometres off the shores of Entebbe where the endangered animals receive an enriching experience.
Dr. Goodall is celebrated for her ground-breaking research and publications on wild chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania, and as the first to introduce the observations that chimpanzees have distinct personalities and behaviors, like those of humans, into the scientific world.
Her continued research of about 60 years is the longest wild primate study in the world. As a result of her efforts, the world launched the first ever World Chimpanzee Day to be held on July 14 in commemoration of the day she first set foot in Gombe to study Chimpanzees.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is currently in a $1 million fundraising campaign for an endowment fund to sustainably manage the sanctuary over the next years.