Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Images
Male chimp, Umugenzi, is photographed at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Lake Victoria, Uganda. Umugenzi means “friend” in Kirundi, the local language of Burundi where he was originally confiscated from.
Umugenzi and another male chimpanzee, Umutama, were illegally bought from animal traders by an expatriate living in Bujumbura before eventually being confiscated by the Burundian wildlife authorities. As there were no proper holding facilities, the two chimpanzees were temporarily cared for by an American woman for 15 months, until plans were made for them to be brought to Ngamba Island. Thanks to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the chimp’s long-term care is now possible. Umugenzi is firm friends with Baluku and Kisembo and he enjoys their rough and tumble play. He has a relatively high rank amongst members of his age group. 03/15 Julia Cumes/IFAW