By Sophia Kingsbury
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center of Kampala is a facility that specializes with the conservation of chimpanzees, which have been poached to near extinction with less than 5000 chimpanzees left in the world. The numbers of these animals have been decimated for many reasons; bushmeat, destruction of habitats by deforestation, exporting as exotic pets, and some simply trapped in snares which were set for other animals, leaving limbs amputated, or leading to death. Up to 20% of the Ugandan chimpanzees have an amputated hand or foot. Encroachment of their habitats also leave them an easy target for such circumstances, which is why we need to act fast to save or relocate them so they do not become extinct. For more information, go to
http://www.uweczoo.org/ to contact the Uganda Wildlife Education Center. Thank you for your time and cooperation.