Chimpanzee Trust was established as a combined national and international initiative and a globally recognized collaborative conservation effort, geared towards developing and implementing a long-term strategy for conservation of chimpanzees and their habitat, with the immediate purpose of establishing a chimpanzee sanctuary on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria, and such other places in Uganda as the trustees may acquire.

The Trust established Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in 1998 for the care and welfare of entrusted animals while conserving as far as possible the ecosystem of the island.

Our activities include welfare of individual captive chimpanzees entrusted to its care, long-term management of a sanctuary for confiscated individuals that cannot be returned to the wild, intervention to assist individuals in the wild when deemed necessary, conservation education of the general Ugandan public with particularly emphasis on chimpanzees, ecotourism, community participation, capacity building through training, and building viable national, regional and international partnerships on chimpanzee conservation.

We view the role of the chimpanzee as one of the key flagship species for conservation of wildlife in general and as an opportunity to address wider issues affecting the plight of wildlife conservation in general, both ex-suit and in-suit.

We ensures that all its work has the support and involvement of key stakeholders including local community and, as much as possible, becomes economically self-sustaining.

Our Mission

To promote chimpanzee conservation and wildlife management for sustainable development.

Chimpanzee Trust’s Vision is that chimpanzee populations are secure in their natural habitats. Chimpanzee Trust is among the leaders in chimpanzee-focused environmental conservation, providing excellent care of rescued chimpanzees, contributing to public awareness and understanding of conservation issues, and engaging with communities living alongside chimpanzee populations.

Core values

Dedication to welfare of chimpanzees, as individuals as well as species

Chimpanzee Trust attaches paramount importance to maintenance of individuals as well as species both in captivity and in their natural habitat. Their welfare is our guiding principle and justifies our pride in CSWCT’s existence.


Application of good science

Chimpanzee Trust strives to ensure that all activities are consistent with sound conservation science, principles, and practices, and to address priority needs for conserving chimpanzees in our care, without compromising any ethical behaviour or standards.who_island

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Integrity that earns trust

Chimpanzee Trust undertakes to be honest, truthful, and independent, recognising integrity as a cornerstone for all its work, and to be accountable for its actions and for the funds it employs. Its staff aims for excellence in performance of their duties and in personal conduct, ensuring and justifying high levels of public confidence.

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Our Team


Joshua Rukundo

Dr. Joshua Rukungo is a well trained and experienced veterinarian with a passion for wild life. His previous wildlife experiences include the care of lions and hyenas in Queen Elizabeth Nation park before he delved into domestic veterinary medicine in Kamuli, Ssembabule, Rukungiri, and Mbarara, and most recently in private


Stanley Hategeka

"Because these chimps need special care, I would like to see people help them where they can.” - Stanley grew up in Kisoro district with his parents, three sisters, and brother. He has always enjoyed playing football and plays whenever he can. Before coming to work on Ngamba Island, Stanley

lilly ajarova

Lilly Ajarova

Executive Director of the CSWCT, she has grown up in Uganda and directing the Trust since its very start. Lilly graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University in Uganda.

Irene Atuhairwe

Irene Atuhairwe

Atuhairwe Irene was born on 16th February in Hoima Municipality Kahoora Division Kiganda village in a family of 9 being the second born of seven siblings. She got both O and A level certificates from Mandela Secondary School a top school in Hoima. Irene attained Bachelor’s Degree in arts majoring

Moses Bageya

Moses Bageya

“Wild chimps have problems. There is not enough food and some are suffering. They are not safe. They can be killed when they go into someone’s garden looking for food.” Moses is originally from Bugiri district, northern Uganda. Before coming to work on Ngamba, he worked at UWEC for five

Betty Angucia

Betty Angucia

“the chimps are like people. I see myself in them.” Betty is from Arua in northern Uganda; she began her association with the chimps by working for the Jane Goodall Institute, along with Debby Cox, in 1999. Betty currently  works  at the island where she has been tasked to take


Otim Samuel

Otim Samuel is a finance officer at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Trust ,Born on 15 October in  Katakwi district Eastern Soroti. He obtained an ordinary and Advanced level Certificates from Kyambogo College School, he later attained a CPA from UCC Soroti (MUBS). He is also a candidate of BBA majoring

Captain George

George Nsamba

George was born in central Uganda and attended the Air Force Secondary School where he attained both Ordinary and Advanced Levels of Education. He spends his pass time by watching soccer and listening to music. In preparation for joining Chimpanzee Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Trust  in April, George traveled to Mombasa,

Joan Mukisa

Joan Mukisa

“Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself ” She Obtained O, level and A level certificates from Our lady of good council Gayaza and East High Ntinda. She is very focused and wishes to complete a course as a Certified Public Accountant hence her competency at the work

Christine Nyange

Christine Nyange

“beauty endowed to us through nature can be maintained and passed on to the next generation if you and I act responsibly and appreciate what God has given us.” Christine graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Management Makerere University Kampala and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/

Annet Nambusi

Annet Nambuusi- Field Assistant

‘if man was not on the planet earth, Chimpanzees would be the masters of this planet’’ Annet is from the centre of Uganda. She did not get an opportunity to encounter unique wildlife as most of the forests had been cut down. She graduated in 2011 with Bachelors in Community

Byron Ssembambo

Byron Ssemambo(Caregiver)

Okello Amos

Okello Amos (Caregiver/Kiosk Manager)

A Japadhola who hails from the Northern part of Uganda. He loves debates/Public discussions and has always loved nature and wildlife thus his position of caregiver which calls for taking care of these endangered species Amos joined the organization in 2004 at that time he was among the people that