The first ever WORLD CHIMPANZEE DAY is around the corner!
The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project is a grassroots conservation project dedicated to conserving chimpanzees under unimaginable pressure in Uganda's Hoima District. Here, around 300 chimps have lost almost their entire natural habitat to deforestation and agriculture. The challenges to conservation in this region are enormous and -- as English soccer fans will understand -- there are no overnight wins! But, step by step, we ARE making a difference, and we're in it for the long haul.
If you can help, please donate to our project this World Chimpanzee Day. All donations go directly to our programs on the ground. Thanks and Pant Hoots to our sponsor Friends of Chimps!
The image shows Sylvester, the majestic alpha male of the Bulindi community, enjoying last of the season's mangoes.
Update from BCCP's volunteer Field Operations Manager, Georgia Lorenti
The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project (BCCP) continues to expand in an urgent effort to alleviate the enormous pressure facing wild chimpanzees and thir habitat throughout Uganda’s Hoima District. The BCCP family has grown exponentially due to the establishment of new EOCA European Outdoor Conservation Association funded tree nurseries this year and the acquisition of additional staff members, including nursery staff, tree planting monitors and chimpanzee monitors. This week we embarked on a development program for all our tree nursery personnel. Employee training is important for workplace safety, productivity and the strengthening of skills. Development programs are equally important to increase staff satisfaction and morale. Investment in training shows employees they are valued and helps create a supportive workplace. Our development program involved an informative presentation from senior Project Manager Moses Ssemahunge and Planting Monitor Lorian Mutegeki. It also included a practical workshop and provided nursery personnel with a platform to offer feedback on project activities. The development program was held at one of our new nursery sites at Kiraira and showcased the outstanding work of Prossy Nyabigambo, BCCP’s first female staff member – she showed those boys!