Chimpanzee Trust Uganda Uses Contraceptives to Control Chimp Population

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Despite the fact that the sanctuary seems big, Conservationists believe it cannot accommodate more Chimpanzees.

Chimpanzee Trust Uganda is administering contraceptives to female chimps to control the population at Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The sanctuary, which seats on an Island measuring 100 acres is home to 47 chimpanzees. Despite the fact that the sanctuary seems big, Conservationists believe it cannot accommodate more Chimpanzees.

While Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary is not a permanent home for the Chimpanzee, it takes a long time for them to be relocated to the wilderness. As a result, Chimpanzee Trust Uganda is administering contraceptives to the female chimpanzees, to prevent them from conceiving and adding onto the existing numbers. A total of 24 adult female chimpanzees were administered implants to stop them from conceiving.
 
Evelyn Nalumu, the Information Officer at Chimpanzee Trust says they were forced to administer the implants because the sanctuary cannot hold more than what they already have. She says the implants are removed once the chimpanzees are relocated back into the wildness to allow them reproduce.
 
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Nalumu says since the chimps have over 98 percent of the DNA similar to human beings, the implants are similar to the ones used by humans. She says a team of veterinary doctors always work to ensure that the system works without any complications;

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Nalumu says apart from controlling the population of the chimpanzees to ensure they fit within the available space, they also limit their numbers because they don’t have sufficient resources to feed them.  Several other organizations that have established sanctuaries such as Uganda Wildlife Education Centre also use similar family planning methods to control chimp numbers.