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Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary To Open on 1st October

The Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust which manages Ngamba Island is set to open its doors to visitors come 1st October.

The facility has been closed for the past six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Joshua Rukundo who heads the Sanctuary says after consultations with various stakeholders and putting in place standard operating procedures (SOPs) they are set to open.

“We shall be doing a mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers on all boats heading to Ngamba Island, bags and all equipment will be disinfected in addition to regular washing of hands. Visitors will have to wearing masks at all times and observe social distancing,” he said.

Since visitors have to use a boat to get to Ngamba Island all boats to the island will only carry passengers at half capacity and all payments shall be cashless, according to the new set of guidelines.

“We used to allow visitors to some times go near Chimpanzees and also feed them which will no longer be allowed. Our staff have also been trained to observe the SOPs”.

Dr Rukundo also revealed that they have set aside an isolation room prepared for case management of guests who may present any signs of illness.

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