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Maureen grooming her infant son

Maureen and her infant son, two of the Bulindi Survivors

Dr Matt McLennan beneath a chimpanzee night nest at Bulindi.

Dr Matt McLennan beneath a chimpanzee night nest at Bulindi.

 

Meet a group of chimps at risk everyday in western Uganda. They illustrate the new existence of thousands of chimps that increasingly have to share their habitats with humans.

The Bulindi chimpanzees are one of many imperiled chimpanzee communities clinging to survival in disappearing habitat surrounding the Budongo Forest Reserve in Western Uganda.

Dr Matt McLennan began studying the chimpanzees at Bulindi in 2006. Since then almost all their forest home has been converted to farmland, particularly for tobacco and rice cash crops, forcing the chimpanzees into competition and conflict with local people.

The photos, videos, news and stories featured on this page aim to introduce the individual chimps in the community, and illustrate how these remarkable and resilient great apes are adapting to a rapidly-changing landscape surrounded by people and agriculture.

Have  questions about the Bulindi Survivors and their status?  Contact us at ChimpSaver@gmail.com or add your email at Join The Community to be notified of updates.

NOVEMBER ’16 NEWS UPDATE FROM BULINDI

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Bulindi Updates | Comments Off on NOVEMBER ’16 NEWS UPDATE FROM BULINDI

NOVEMBER ’16 NEWS UPDATE FROM BULINDI

By Marie Cibot Marie Cibot is a veterinarian and primatologist. For her PhD, she studied wild chimpanzees in the Sebitoli area of Kibale National Park, in Uganda. Earlier this year, Marie visited Bulindi for the first time to begin a study examining the health of people, primates and domestic animals in the Bulindi area. In October she returned to continue her research. Here, she gives an update on the project and the progress of the chimps – including the 3 new babies born in April! (You can help improve lives for the people and the chimps...

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The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project: The first 18 months and future goals

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Bulindi Updates | Comments Off on The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project: The first 18 months and future goals

The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project: The first 18 months and future goals

  By Dr. Matt McLennan, Director, Bulindi Chimpanzee and Community Project   It’s been a hugely exciting and productive 18 months since we launched the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project (BCCP) back in April last year! For readers unfamiliar with the project’s background, it was conceived to try to halt and reverse the downward spiral of forest clearance and human–wildlife conflict, threatening the immediate survival of chimpanzees at Bulindi and surrounding areas. In this part of western Uganda, at least 9 or 10 groups...

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Update from Bulindi: News of 3 New Babies, New Discoveries, and the Project!

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Update from Bulindi: News of 3 New Babies, New Discoveries, and the Project!

  Marie Cibot is a veterinarian and primatologist. For her PhD, she studied the risks associated with human–chimpanzee interactions, and evaluated chimpanzees’ behavioural flexibility in response to these risks, in the Sebitoli area of Kibale National Park, Uganda. She now works as a vet in a clinic in France and is also a research associate of Oxford Brookes University, UK. Later this year Marie will conduct a study examining overlap in the intestinal parasites of the people, primates and domestic animals at Bulindi.     In...

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Fluctuating Fortunes

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Fluctuating Fortunes

In the last post, Dr Matt McLennan gave an encouraging update on the progress of The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project, 7-months after its launch. Here, he reports on the progress of the chimpanzees themselves. By Matt McLennan The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project has got off to a great start. As for the chimpanzees, they’ve been going about their business much as usual these past few months, blissfully unaware of the efforts underway to end 15 years of forest destruction that has transformed their habitat and changed their...

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The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project at 7-months

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Bulindi Updates | Comments Off on The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project at 7-months

The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project at 7-months

An uplifting Thanksgiving report on the Save a Chimp/Empower a Child campaign, benefiting all in this local area of western Uganda. By Dr. Matt McLennan Background to the project Chimpanzees in the Hoima District of western Uganda are in real trouble. Here, around 300 wild chimpanzees  cling desperately to survival outside of Uganda’s formally protected areas. These ‘unprotected chimps’ live alongside a poor and fast-growing human population which, in just two decades, has almost entirely removed the region’s natural forest cover, as families...

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TRAGEDY AND HOPE: A FOND FAREWELL TO OLIVE

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TRAGEDY AND HOPE: A FOND FAREWELL TO OLIVE

What follows is a touching account of the life and death of Olive from the Bulindi Chimpanzee Community. It is written by Dr. Matt McLennan who has studied and advocated on behalf of these chimps since 2007. In honor of Olive, ChimpSaver is providing this link to the donation page for his campaign,  Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project.  The project will save chimps while bettering the lives of local farmers. Read Dr. McLennan’s blog below.   The start of a new field season always brings with it a mixture of hope and...

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Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Bulindi Updates | Comments Off on Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time!

Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time!

Georgia Lorenti calls upon the festive spirit to help raise funds for The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project – all the way from Bahrain!       It’s Christmas Time! This is the season of generosity. And – to quote the famous charity record – in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy. Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time! Compassion and generosity are characteristics that permeate around the globe. The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian...

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The Latest on the Bulindi Chimps

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Bulindi Updates | Comments Off on The Latest on the Bulindi Chimps

The Latest on the Bulindi Chimps

Dr. Matt McLennan answers ChimpSaver’s questions about how the 20 Bulindi Survivor chimpanzees are doing and how he hopes to save them.     Questions: Tell us about your new campaign to save the chimpanzees that you have studied since 2006. The Bulindi chimpanzees are unlucky since they don’t live within a protected area. Instead, their forest home is on local people’s land. Since 2006 the forest has been steadily cut and today less than 20% remains. Unless we take immediate action, the forest will soon be cleared entirely,...

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CHANGES AT BULINDI & HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

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CHANGES AT BULINDI & HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

by Matt McLennan Dr. Matt McLennan has returned to Bulindi, Uganda and to his long-term study of a community of chimpanzees whose forest has been lost to agriculture. In his latest update, we see hope alongside worry. “In an unbearably poignant scene, Tom found the chimps sitting on fresh logs as the awful noise of chainsaws filled the air all around. The chimps were quietly gazing around at the destruction, as if trying to make sense of it all.” I arrived back in Bulindi two weeks ago after a 4-month break from fieldwork. That doesn’t sound...

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Do Nice Guys Finish Last?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Bulindi Updates | Comments Off on Do Nice Guys Finish Last?

Do Nice Guys Finish Last?

  Tom, the very definition of a “Modern Chimpanzee,” but not so lucky at love, per field observer Georgia Lorenti.     Mankind can be selfish and egoistical at times, a truth that also pertains to chimpanzee society. The chimpanzee social hierarchy is a pyramid of collective grading. On top reigns the dominant male, casting his powerful shadow on those that fall below. Strength and ferocity often determine rank, and in such societies’ nice guys finish last. At Bulindi, the difficulties of communal belligerence fall upon the...

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