NYTimes.com: Seacology Exec. Director describes “close encounters” with primates in Uganda
This morning, NYTimes.com writer Andrew Revkin published a “postcard” from Seacology’s Executive Director Duane Silverstein about his recent trip to Uganda, where he saw mountain gorillas in the wild and visited the orphaned chimps at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary (NICS). (In 2010, Seacology gave the sanctuary funds for a solar-powered refrigerator needed to store medicines and blood samples.) Here's what Duane had to say about the NICS, which is on an island in Lake Victoria:
The sanctuary provides 98 acres of protected habitat for 42 chimps who were orphaned and in many cases terribly abused by human beings. Providing sanctuary to such abused animals is the least we can do for our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.... The highlight of my visit was watching chimps using sticks to extract termites from termite mounds. This may not sound exciting but it was only 50 years ago or so that Jane Goodall, while observing chimpanzees, discovered that human beings were not the only animals capable of tool use.
Read the whole post here.