Ngamba Island is a chimpanzee sanctuary, located on Lake Victoria in Uganda. The island is home to 47 chimpanzees, all of whom were rescued from the bushmeat and pet trades.
All of these chimpanzees would probably have witnessed their mothers and other family members killed, and often arrive on the island traumatised and malnourished. Unfortunately they are the lucky ones because many die before they are rescued.
Ngamba is an exemplary sanctuary, with excellent facilities and extremely skilled care-givers and vets. The chimpanzees live in social groups and spend the majority of their time in a 100 acre rain forest enclosure. Before the sanctuary was established, the forest was degraded, but since the chimps’ arrival, the island has blossomed, and is now home to more than 120 species of bird, 50,000 fruit bats, monitor lizards, hippos and other wildlife.