The lush Budongo Forest is home to chimpanzees and primates who rely on fruiting trees for their survival. Mysteriously, the trees are bearing less fruit. Now to survive, chimps are raiding nearby farms where they are at risk of injury. Join us in Uganda to track chimps and help researchers determine what has impacted the trees, and how dwindling availability of fruit impacts the chimps.
What to Expect?
Explore human and chimpanzee interactions in the rainforests of Uganda while helping scientists develop a strategy for sharing shrinking food resources amongst primates and local farmers.
In the Budongo Forest Reserve in Uganda, fruit production by forest trees is mysteriously declining. The result: chimps and other primates are raiding local subsistence farms. Dr. Fred Babweteera of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, along with graduate students from Makerere University, Kampala, are studying primates’ foraging habits and fruit trees’ pollination and fruiting cycles with the goal of developing new approaches to sharing the resources – and they need your help.
About 700 chimpanzees live in the Budongo Forest Reserve, the largest remaining tropical rainforest in East Africa. In addition, there are four other diurnal primate species in Budongo Forest. Each day, you’ll team up with field assistants at the Budongo Conservation Field Station to observe chimps and other primates as they forage for food in the morning and late afternoon.
You’ll also learn to identify local trees, and work alongside researchers to set insect traps, collect trapped insects, label and preserve the collected specimens for further identification. At the end of the day, you’ll relax at the research camp, enjoy sports with members of the Reserve staff, or walk the “Royal Mile” to take in the natural beauty of the rainforest.
- Program ID: # 1735
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks
- location: Bundongo Forest Reserve MasindiUganda1° 43' 24.8304" N, 31° 32' 48.8328" EUG
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Entebbe (EBB)
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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