The last couple of weeks have been extra fun for the staff, otters, and gibbons! We’ve been fortunate to have Irene and Joseph from the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary with us here at IPPL. In addition to sharing their knowledge and great stories with us, they got a look at our operations and had the chance to learn first hand about gibbons and otters.
The visit was a unique chance for caregivers of great apes and caregivers for small apes to learn from one another. Irene and Joseph gave a fascinating presentation about Ngamba Island and community conservation programs in Uganda. They also toured the IPPL archive and “Wall of Fame” with Dr. McGreal.
Jennifer, one of our Animal Care Leads had this to say about their visit:
While Joseph and Irene have been working with chimps and other wildlife for years, seeing gibbons was a first for them. Experiencing how another sanctuary works and how a US charity operates was also educational.
We were curious what stood out for them. Here’s what they had to say:
Gibbon songs of gratitude to Joseph and Irene for all of their time here a IPPL and for the great work that they do to protect primates at their sanctuary and across Uganda with the Chimpanzee Trust. We hope you had a great time and will come back to see us one day. Have a safe trip!