Supporting the welfare of chimpanzees at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

September 17, 2021
Photo Credit: Ngamba Island

Earlier this year, The Joanna Toole Foundation granted funds to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary to support the on-going care of the resident chimps, focusing in particular on the provision of a well-balanced and species appropriate diet.

A nutritionally balanced and varied diet is so important for captive wild animals, ensuring all individuals receive the right diet for their development, growth and health, but also that it is varied enough to provide these incredible animals with a tasty and exciting array of foods to enjoy!

Transporting fresh food and providing four nutritious meals a day to the sanctuaries residents is expensive and the Foundation is so pleased that they could offer support towards the continued care of the 52 resident chimps at the sanctuary.

About the sanctuary

The Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in 1998 for the care and welfare of entrusted animals while conserving the ecosystem of the island. The sanctuary was established primarily for the long-term management of confiscated individuals that cannot be returned to the wild, conservation education of the public, ecotourism, community participation, capacity building through training, and building viable national, regional and international partnerships on chimpanzee conservation.

The sanctuary is the first step of a combined national and international initiative and a globally recognized collaborative conservation effort geared towards developing and implementing a long-term strategy for conservation of chimpanzees and their habitat. For more information about the sanctuary go to