Help us to fight poaching in Kibale National Park in Uganda! Every month with your support, we will be able to remove dozens of traps, spare the lives of chimpanzees and prevent them from losing fingers, hands and feet.
In Kibale National Park in West Uganda, chimpanzees are the indirect victims of non-selective, illegal hunting. Traps are laid in the forest and on the edge of the park to catch game. When a chimpanzee manages to fight its way out of the trap, it most often escapes with the wire deeply embedded in one of its limbs. The wire can remain there for months or even years until that part of the limb dies and falls off.
For all donations of over 150 euros, you will receive:
- an invitation for two people to a special meeting with the Muséum’s primatologists
- two tickets for a self-guided tour of the Sur la piste des grands singes exhibition
You can make your donation on the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution website (by cheque or online).
The Muséum and great apes
The Muséum’s primatology teams are working on African great apes by studying bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo, gorillas in Western Congo and the Central African Republic, and chimpanzees in Uganda.
In Uganda, Sabrina Kief, a member of the Muséum’s Primates and Environment team, has been studying the behaviour and health of wild chimpanzees at Kibale National Park for 18 years, in the west of the country about thirty kilometres from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2009, Sabrina and her husband Jean-Michel, a photographer, have been working with a small team. In 2014, the Muséum’s chimpanzee research and conservation station was built as a base for the team. Made up of research assistants, field assistants, researchers and students, this team is following a new community of wild chimpanzees in the Sebitoli area. To this end, the field assistants have created a network of paths covering over 100 km in the forest in the chimpanzees’ territory. Thanks to this work, over 60 chimpanzees out of an estimated 80 have been identified in Sebitoli, in a territory covering around 25 km².
For the chimpanzees to accept being observed and monitored without using food as bait (which is strictly forbidden nowadays), they must be tirelessly sought out and contact must be made repeatedly until they no longer run away. It can take 10 years before they feel confident enough to come within ten metres of the researchers: this is known as habituation.