Bulindi - Chimpanzee Conservation

Link to the wild

To promote a sustainable coexistence between the Bulindi chimpanzees and the local people who share the landscape with them. 

The Project

The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project has two main objectives: to provide an income to pay for school tuition fees for children living on land within the remaining forested areas, and to raise tree seedlings.

The Target

The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project works to protect a 20-strong group of wild chimpanzees who call the disappearing habitat of Uganda home. Wild chimpanzees are becoming increasingly rare in the forest zones of Africa. Without conservation initiatives such as the Bulindi project, chimps are at serious risk of disappearing in the immediate future. The Bulindi chimpanzee group are facing further struggles - they do not live within a protected area, their forest home is on local people’s land! This group of chimps is therefore essential in the study of wild populations adjusting to life around an ever-growing population of humans. 

The Bulindi forests are vanishing at an astonishing rate with more than 80% of the forest disappearing in the last decade.  In order to tackle this problem the Bulindi project is addressing the main causes which lead to deforestation. Local people live in severe poverty. They use what land they can to plant crops which are used in cooking, construction, and the earning of money to send their children to school. Although participation in this project is voluntary, villagers do want to conserve the remaining forest and understand how useful and important a healthy forest is to all! The project and the locals aim to agree to help conserve the remaining forest together.

The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project aims are to raise tree seedlings, along with providing an income for local people and pay for school tuition fees. This will combine meeting future household wood requirements, as well as replenishing the chimp’s wild food supply by re-wilding the natural forest. In doing so the project will not only empower and educate the next generation of forest campaigners, it will provide trees for both the local people and the chimpanzees to utilise. Villagers should no longer have to cut down the forest. Remember, the forest is not just a source of food for these chimps – it is a shelter, a playground, and a home.  

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The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project

The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project

Where your money goes

Bulindi, Hoima District

Project Leader

Ally - Head of Chimps

Chimpanzees are a passion! When you first meet and then really get to know these incredible animals they become a life changing event. There is no going back. Their relationships, culture and whole way of life inspire. We are honoured and privileged to share our heritage with them.

Common name
Scientific name
Pan troglodytes
Sub-Saharan Africa
Approx. 45 years in the wild
Fast facts
• Apart from two Ugandan field staff, all involvement in the project is completely voluntary. Every penny you donate really does make a difference!
• Chimps are both arboreal and terrestrial – they spend time in trees and at ground level
• The alpha male in the Bulindi group is huge chimp called Sylvester who is believed to be more than 30 years old
• In captivity chimps are known to live for over 50 years.
Conservation status
The alpha male, Sylvester
A young Bulindi chimp called Georgia
Paying for education
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