KAMPALA — Business Mogul Sudhir Ruparelia has contributed up to UGX 10 million towards the feeding of Chimpanzees on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
The donation was received by Joshua Rukundo, the Executive Director of Ngamba Island who lauded the businessman for the generous contribution.
He said the donation will cater for the wild animals facing a tough time due to the COVID-19 lockdown and rising water levels.
“On behalf of the management of Chimpanzee Sanctuary $ Wildlife Conservation Trust (Chimpanzee Trust) and on my own behalf, we would like to acknowledge and send our sincere appreciation for your generous contribution of UgShs 10,000,000 towards the feeding of chimpanzees on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary,” Mr. Rukundo wrote.
Rukondo said the Sanctuary has been at a breakdown state since they could no longer raise the 26 million shillings needed to feed the 50 chimpanzees every month.
“These funds will go along way to ensuring the survival of the rescued and orphaned Chimpanzee in our care, as we navigate the effects of lockdown bought about COVID-19 global pandemic.”
Located on Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 and provides a home for over 50 orphaned chimpanzees to live out their lives, since a return to their natural habitat is not possible, while educating visitors and local communities about their remarkable species and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.
Ruparelia Foundation, the charity arm of Ruparelia Group has for long been supporting chimpanzee conservation efforts on Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary, as part of its efforts to support education, and conservation of the environment and wildlife.
Sudhir Ruparelia became a guardian to ‘Ruparelia’, a baby chimp at Ngamba sanctuary as a gesture of supporting conservation efforts in the country.
In 2019, one of the apes was named after the Ruparelia family in honour of his long time support to the sanctuary.