By Pamela Amia
The Ngamba Chimpanzee sanctuary on 7th June 2018 wined and dined with their invited guests at Speke Resort Munyonyo where they celebrated 20 years since their foundation. The occasion was graced by the First lady Janet Kataaha Museveni who is also a patron of Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Ministry of Tourism Ephraim Kamuntu and the Jane Goodall a famed environmentalist.
According to Lilly Ajarova the executive director of the sanctuary the two decades of chimpanzee conservation have transformed Ngamba from a home of 18 to a safe haven of 49 chimpanzees. “Ngamba opened new doors in primate’s rehabilitation and conservation hence focusing attention of the global community on the plight of our closest relatives and their environment” While at the event the First lady, Janet Museveni, urged all Ugandans to protect the environment more so the forests and also protect the animals. “We need the chimpanzees because they play a vital role in marinating the diversity of central Africa forests. The large seeds they eat and disperse are too big for most other animals”. She added that the forests would be irreversibly changed. Jane Goodall shared her experience living with the chimpanzees and said socially they are not different from us. “The first place l came to visit also study chimpanzee was Uganda. By then, I had no money all l had to do was first work, save up and come to Africa because I loved animals; we should make sure we all play a role of protecting them” she said. The occasion ended with the invited guests dining while listening to live band music from a Ugandan band.
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