The Board of Trustees and Management of Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary has today launched the 20th anniversary celebrations with a theme of: “A JOURNEY OF A MILLION MILES.”at Ngamba Island in Koome Sub-county, Mukono district.The sanctuary has played host to the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, government agencies, wildlife and tourism agencies, partners, conservationists, private sector, civil society, Mukono district leadership, cultural representatives, and media.

The Executive Director Lilly Ajarova has expressed concern about the decline in Chimpanzee population in Africa. “A century ago we had over a million chimps in Africa. Today, we have less than 200,000 left. This shows the highest level of destruction. With 49 rescued, orphaned chimps at the sanctuary, we wish to embark on a new journey to reverse the trend and restore the lost glory of a million chimps.”

To achieve this goal of our journey and create sustainability, Ngamba is establishing an Endowment Fund with a seed of US$ 1 million. This Fund will contribute to maintenance of the sanctuary operations in providing a life-long welfare for the chimpanzees at the island. The operations include; Psychological and physical rehabilitation, veterinary care, food supplements, and facility maintenance.

A number of activities have been lined up to mark the milestone this year. These include;

• Launch of the National Schools Wildlife Art Challenge in Kasese – March 3
• Launch of the Anniversary at Ngamba – March 21
• Kambagambe Ku Ngamba (Let me tell you about Ngamba)- April
• Media Camp at Ngamba Island- May
• 20 days of giving – May
• Ngamba@20 Anniversary Gala- June
• Alumni Week – August
• Ngamba Family Week –December


The Guest of Honour is Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Hon. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu.


• The objective of the sanctuary is to provide a safe home for orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees, to care for the environment on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
• Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located in Lake Victoria (which also includes Kiimi, Nsazi, Koome, Bulago and Damba Islands). It consists of approximately 100 acres, of which 95 acres is forested and separated from the human camp by an electric fence
• The Sanctuary currently cares for 49 chimpanzees that are orphans, and victims of illegal poaching for bush meat and pet trade. These chimps were taken from the wild and endure incredible hardship and terror before reaching Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
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