Chimpanzee walk and viewing at Ngamba Island, a chimpanzee habitat, has received a boost following the signing of an agreement between the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust and Fly Uganda, a safari company to fly tourists to the island.
“We are aware that some of our clients get seasick and others have little time to travel on the lake (Victoria) to the sanctuary. It is for this reason that we have signed this pact,” Ms Lilly Ajarova, the sanctuary executive director, said.
She said they carried out test flights at the sanctuary and the chimpanzees responded positively by not running away. They instead gathered near to have a glimpse of the helicopter.
Mr Russell Barners, the Fly Uganda director, said the new pact will enable tourists reach the island in 15 minutes. The journey to the island takes 45 minutes by speed boat and 90 minutes by traditional motorised boat. “Since we have been doing medical evacuations, moving an ill patient or chimpanzee from the island to the main land will now become easier to save lives,” he said.