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World’s Most Intelligent Chimpanzee; Natasha Gives Birth To A Baby Girl At Ngamba Island

Natasha, one of the female chimpanzees in Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary, gave birth to a bouncing baby girl on the evening of 3rd September 2019 at 5:40 pm. Natasha arrived at Ngamba Island way back with other 11 chimps on 12th October 1998. This female chimpanzee is estimated to have been born in 1990 and origin from Kibale at Itwara forest Uganda however, was rescued from Arua. She arrived at Ngamba in October 1998.

For over 20 years now, Ngamba has had 4 baby chimps including the new baby girl making those 3 females and 1 Male. The 3 chimps were named; Kyewunyo, Ruparelia and 1 Male called Easy as we await the naming of the newly born.

You can only have a close glimpse of Natasha and her newborn on your safari in Uganda/ Tour in Uganda/ Day trip in Uganda to Ngamba Island during your 1 Day Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Tour/ 1 Day Ngamba Island Day trip/ 2 Days Ngamba Island Day Tour with your family, as a couple, a group or solo traveler. Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd has for long organized trips for its clients interested in Day tours in Uganda/Day Trips in Uganda.

Chimps are intelligent, highly social animals with individual personalities just like humans that can live up to 60 years in captivity. Natasha the World’s Most Intelligent Chimpanzee excites everyone at the island.

Description of Natasha the World’s Most Intelligent Chimpanzee That Gave Birth To A Baby Girl At Ngamba Island 

Natasha is has a short, black coat, a black face with a wrinkled forehead. Natasha is one of the popular chimps in the sanctuary and the smartest female in the group. She is very friendly to the dominant male chimps. Natasha desires spending nights in the holding facility than nesting in the forest.

Natasha was born in the wild and it is thought that she could have been orphaned after her mother was killed by pet traders. But she was rescued from two years of captivity and was among the very first chimps to be accommodated at Ngamba, a sanctuary that was gazetted in October 1998.

She is normally selected to take part in research which she willingly accepts however, after entering the testing room, she tends to change behavior and becomes aggressive especially when she loses on the reward.

During the afternoon feedings, Natasha is often observed stamping on one of the trees near the feeding area. When she gets nervous, she then pretends to be busy and finds anything to distract her.

Unlike other chimps in the sanctuary, Natasha does not forgive and does not forget. She is famous for keeping anger for days until the right time when she carries out her revenge.

About the Newly Born

Natasha’s cycle has always continued even while on contraceptive implants. Natasha was found out to be pregnant early this year after conducting routine pregnancy tests on the female Chimpanzees. Chimpanzees pregnancy lasts for about 243 days; about 8 months.

Following the birth of this New baby girl yet to be named, Natasha brings the number of chimpanzees in Ngamba Island to 50 and these include 20 males and 30 females.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee full list

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Chimpanzee Trust), is a registered Non-Governmental Organization that manages Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria, home to now 50 chimpanzees. The sanctuary was established primarily for the long term management of confiscated individuals that cannot be returned to the wild and over the years, the number of chimpanzees at the island has increased at an approximate rate of 2 chimpanzees per year.

The chimpanzees at the sanctuary by name include; Afrika, Asega, Bahati, Baluku, Baron, Becky, Bili, Bwambale, Cindy, Cocoa, Connie, Eazy, Eddie, Ikuru, Indi, Kalema, Katie, Kazahukire, Kidogo, Kikyo, Kisembo, Kyewunyo, Ruparelia, Maisko, Mawa, Medina, Megan, Minni, Nagoti, Nakuu, Namukisa, Nani, Natasha, Ndyakira, Nkuumwa, Okech, Pasa, Peace, Rambo, Robbi, Rutoto, Sally, Sara, Sophie, Sunday, Tumbo, Umugenzi, Umutama, and Yoyo.

A Glance about the world’s only chimpanzee Island Sanctuary – Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Literally, the Lucky Chimps Haven Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary was established in 1998 to cater for orphaned chimpanzees that were luckily rescued from all over Uganda. Surrounded by the serene waters of Lake Victoria-the world’s largest tropical freshwater lake, In Uganda, Ngamba Island is the largest known chimpanzee sanctuary always better explained by tourists on Uganda Safaris /Uganda tours/ Uganda trips/ Safaris Uganda/ Tours Uganda/Trips in Uganda. The island is 23km southeast of Entebbe in Lake Victoria 50 minutes by a speed boat off the mainland. The island is part of the archipelago of Koome islands on Lake Victoria in Mukono district and sits on 100acres of rain forest, 98 acres forested and separated from the tourist areas for chimps to roam through during the day. The island is an Eco-friendly project with compost toilets, rainwater collection, proper waste management practices and solar energy for electricity.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary-Uganda safari newsWhat to see and do at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

The amazing human-like chimpanzees definitely are what makes many tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris/ wildlife safaris in Uganda cruise on the waters to the Island. Humans share 98.7% of their DNA with chimpanzees which makes them our closest relatives followed by the bonobos and gorillas. The tranquil island is currently home to 49 chimpanzees 20 male and 29 females, 46 of them are rescued orphaned chimpanzees and 3 were luckily born on this island. Chimpanzee interactions are the yes activity at the sanctuary, the sanctuary offers day and overnight tourists exceptional opportunities to observe the unique human-like great apes in a unique setting. When the tourist gets here they can participate in either morning or evening feeding of the chimps as the chimps sit down to consume their vegetables, an exceptional Uganda tour experience.

Other activities that can be done in the sanctuary include cleaning cages, preparing food for the chimps, assisting in medical procedures, carrying out enrichment, typing chimp diaries, collecting observational data and anything that one’s skill gets them to. This stay is very educative, informative and much more. These activities are pre-arranged with a safari company, one gets to do chimpanzee feeding on the visitor’s platform area where the chimps come close for easy viewing and photography. The chimps merge for feeding on the forest at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm with very playful lovely characters. Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda/ chimpanzee trekking tours in Uganda for tourists on longer trips are possible in the wild at Kibale Forest National Park/ Kibale National Park Uganda this can also be possible on a 3 days chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale Uganda. People spend their whole lives rescuing and studying the chimpanzee but you can understand why, when you plan a Uganda wildlife safari and interact with the lovely chimp care givers.  

Forest and waterbird species

The island has forest bird species that offers tourists on birding tours in Uganda/ birding watching safaris tours/ birding safaris Uganda/ Uganda birding tours/ birding tours Uganda with species like the Spin winged Lapwings, Cormorant birds, Egrets, the singing Black-headed weaver, African Open Sullied storks, Egyptian Yellow-Billed Dark, King Fisher, Fish Eagles. The water birds encountered include the swamp flycatcher, Malachite kingfisher, long-tailed cormorant.  

Boat cruise on Lake Victoria

The boat cruise on Lake Victoria is so exciting as there a whole 50 or 90 minutes on the largest freshwater lake of Africa. The boat cruise comes with an unrivaled adventure safari to Uganda/ trip to Uganda/ tour to Uganda as the boat crosses the equator with forces of the north and south hemisphere push the boat tending to keep it in one position. The boat engine uses a little more energy to beat the equator forces. Before thinking of only experiencing these forces, the greatest memory is swimming in the middle of the world! This is the right point for adventure seekers but it requires expertise.

Best time to Visit Ngamba Island

The best time of the year to safari Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary is during the dry months of December-February and June-August when its warm for recreational activities since the lake is not choppy, sunset cruises are not interrupted and that moment of diving into the water at the equator is not missed out. Tour Uganda and experience the home to rescued chimpanzees that found their everlasting love in the evergreen Island, near the equator line …. what an amazing home with unrivalled experiences only exceptional to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary.





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