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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Uganda, Jan. 2007

We spent New Year's Eve 2006 and New Year's Day 2007 on Ngamba Island, a chimpanzee sanctuary operated by the Jane Goodall Institute. The Sanctuary occupies an island on Lake Victora about 12 miles south of Entebbe. All of the chimpanzees there were rescued from poachers, and are free to roam the 100-acre forest on the island by day.
Many thanks to my friends from the Fodor's Travel Talk Forum for helping me with bird identifications in this gallery.
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Before visiting the Island, we checked in at the Sanctuary headquarters in Entebbe.

Before visiting the Island, we checked in at the Sanctuary headquarters in Entebbe.

This boat dock is the departure point for a visit to Ngamba Island.

This boat dock is the departure point for a visit to Ngamba Island.

The lush northern shore of Lake Victoria

The lush northern shore of Lake Victoria

This holding facility houses the chimpanzees at night.  During the day, only a few escape artists who cannot be allowed to roam the forest stay here.

This holding facility houses the chimpanzees at night. During the day, only a few "escape artists" who cannot be allowed to roam the forest stay here.

This tunnel connects the 100 acres of forest on the island with the holding facility.

This tunnel connects the 100 acres of forest on the island with the holding facility.

Observation platforms make viewing the chimpanzees easier, if they are nearby.

Observation platforms make viewing the chimpanzees easier, if they are nearby.

This is the youngest chimpanzee on the island.

This is the youngest chimpanzee on the island.

The chimpanzees are fed several times per day, which makes for excellent photo opportunities.

The chimpanzees are fed several times per day, which makes for excellent photo opportunities.

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IMG_5758.JPG IMG_5783.JPG Several tall trees near the fence make favorite climbing spots for the chimpanzees.

Several tall trees near the fence make favorite climbing spots for the chimpanzees.

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IMG_5828.JPG IMG_5833.JPG IMG_5836.JPG The buildings house the researchers and caregivers who work with the chimpanzees.

The buildings house the researchers and caregivers who work with the chimpanzees.

One of the chimps greets Stany, the head caregiver.  The chimps' affection for the caregivers is immediately obvious.

One of the chimps greets Stany, the head caregiver. The chimps' affection for the caregivers is immediately obvious.

IMG_5924.JPG Ngamba Island is home to hundreds of black-headed weavers.

Ngamba Island is home to hundreds of black-headed weavers.

Female black-headed weaver

Female black-headed weaver

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