Humans, Chimps Seek Cordial Relationship

Chimpanzee Trust has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Community Based Tourism Initiative (COBATI) to improve the livelihood of those that stay near wildlife sanctuaries.

Addressing the press during the signing at Entebbe, Lilly Ajarova, the executive director, Chimpanzee Trust, noted that the main reason of the MOU was to create harmony between communities and wildlife.

She said humans and wildlife had often clashed, in some instances leading to loss of life. The organizations are now looking to reverse this trend by working to change the attitudes of the people to see that they participate and benefit from conserving wildlife.

“This is why we are partnering with COBATI to create synergies and strengthen the efforts in what we are doing,” she said.

On the other hand, Maria Baryamujura, the founder and chief executive of COBATI, said community-based tourism is the best way all Ugandans could enjoy tourism.

“People will never see the importance of tourism if they don’t benefit from it,” she said.

The partnership is looking to tap into wildlife on privately-owned property like forests, which are not under the protection of Uganda Wildlife Authority and the National Forestry Authority.

Over the years, Chimpanzee Trust has rescued and taken care of orphaned chimpanzees. They manage the Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary with 47 chimpanzees.

Source : The Observer

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