Conservation of Rwanda’s chimpanzees
Nyungwe National Park, is a globally important montane rainforest covering over 1000 km2 with 13 species of primates, including the endangered eastern chimpanzee which has a population of about 400. Key threats are forest loss, degradation and fire, often started accidentally by people collecting honey, or harvesting forest products. Chimpanzee tourism provides key income to the park; however it is currently focussed on one group in an isolated forest fragment, putting stresses on this small population. This project aims to secure the long term sustainability of chimpanzee tourism in Nyungwe by establishing great ape tourism best practices and creating 20km of trails and 2 campsites to facilitate access to other chimpanzee groups in the main forest block of Nyungwe. It will also restore 30 hectares of chimpanzee habitat degraded by fire through assisted natural regeneration, support fire prevention and readiness meetings and organise school visits to promote awareness.