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).
Huge thanks and PANT-HOOTS to the three volunteers from Chimp Management! It was great to have them visit the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project, take part in tree planting, and get involved with meetings with the local Subcounty Chairman for Bulindi and Forest Owners Committee at our new site in Kitoba. Thank you Jessica, Catherine and Ángel for your endless enthusiasm and for your support for the Bulindi Chimpanzees!!!
Until our recent water project at Bulindi, many local households got water from streams or springs by the forest. At such times they often encountered the chimpanzees. Many local villagers are afraid of the chimps -- especially young children, who are often tasked with fetching water. Sometimes women and children couldn't collect water at all because of the chimps; at other times, groups of children would shout and throw stones at them. Such behavior can provoke aggression from chimps and several children have been hurt as a result. In turn, this reduces local tolerance towards the chimpanzees.
In addition to providing villagers with improved access to clean safe water, the recent construction of 3 village boreholes should substantially reduce these risky encounters between chimps and people, leading to a more positive coexistence! Thank you so much to Wendy Tisdell of BridgIt Water Foundation and Steven Beingana of Suubi Community Projects-Uganda for making the water project happen! Pant hoots!!!
So pleased to announce that construction of 3 boreholes is now complete and the wells are fully operational! These boreholes will provide households from 3 villages in Bulindi with an accessible source of clean water. They also mean villagers will no longer have to collect water from forest streams where they risk running into the chimps!
Huge thanks and pant-hoots to Wendy Tisdell of BridgIt Water Foundation for supporting the borehole project and to Steven Beingana of Suubi Community Projects-Uganda for organizing the construction! It was a privilege to have Wendy, Steven and colleagues visit Bulindi this week for the opening of the wells!
Wendy from BridgIt Water Foundation and Steven Godwin Beingana from Suubi Community Projects-Uganda with the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project and other colleagues preparing to open the borehole in Kihambya village. — with Moses Ssemahunge Atwooki, Matt McLennan, Steven Godwin Beingana and BridgIt Water Foundation © Jacqueline Rohen