Araali is the epitomy of resilience and spirit in the face of misfortune. Orphaned at the age of 5, when mum Olive was killed by a speeding car, most young chimps would have struggled to cope with the loss. Thanks to support from older brother Moses, and Araali's own indomitable spirit, Araali not only survived -- shrugging off the inevitable setbacks that come with being an orphan -- he's gone from strength to strength! Now a young adolescent, aged 8, Araali has an independent and dogged temperament. Like Moses before him, Araali can be a disruptive presence in the group, having recently begun challenging the adult females. However, alpha male Sylvester has taken Araali under his wing, and is particularly tolerant of him even when Araali mates with 'forbidden' females. Perhaps Sylvester recognises Araali might be a valuable ally in a few years time!
Thank you all so much for your amazing support for the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project in the EOCA European Outdoor Conservation Association public vote. We are SO proud to annouce that with your your help, votes and shares, our project received most votes in the Forest Category and will be funded!!! This award will enable us to extend our reach to cover new areas and increase our impact on the ground significantly.
Watch this space for regular updates (beginning January 2018 when the new project starts) about our activities and the impact these have for local people, the environment, and of course the chimpanzees.
THANK YOU & PANT HOOTS TO YOU ALL!!!!!
NO GREAT APES ARE EXPENDABLE
PLEASE VOTE TO SUPPORT CHIMP CONSERVATION
please visit bit.ly/VoteForBulindiChimps (we are the third project down)
300 or more wild chimpanzees cling to survival on village land in Uganda's Hoima District (https://bmcecol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12898-015-0052-x).
Most conservation efforts understandably focus on great apes inside government-managed protected areas. But who speaks for the unlucky 300 Hoima chimpanzees living outside such areas?
The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project is a small grassroots organzation. We're devoted exclusively to finding effective solutions to conserve Hoima's chimpanzees and improve lives of people living alongside them.
We're shortlisted for a grant from EOCA European Outdoor Conservation Association. If successful, this award will provide much needed funds to support our work on the ground. Please vote for us here: bit.ly/VoteForBulindiChimps (we are the third down).
The PUBLIC VOTE runs from 4 October for 2 weeks.
PLEASE, please visit the EOCA site - http://bit.ly/VoteForBulindiChimps and vote for our project:
Habitat Restoration and Ecotourism Project for Chimpanzees, Uganda (it's the third project down).
And please SHARE with your friends, family, and colleagues. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!