Mountains of the Moon: Trekking the Rwenzori Mountains
An incredible opportunity to trek through the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and discover montane ecosystems
- Group must complete practice treks in the UK before departure
The equatorial country of Uganda has some spectacular mountains and lush forests. Chimpanzees can be found in a few locations, but populations have declined dramatically and are around a tenth of the size they were a century ago.
Chimpanzees are threatened both directly and indirectly by human activities. They are often hunted by poachers for bush meat or illegal animal trafficking, but they are also threatened by deforestation and depletion of natural resources within their natural habitats.
This project aims to protect chimpanzee populations by completing conservation into the behaviours and habitats of chimpanzees. This information is then used to help to restore deforested areas. Working with the community to help develop an understanding of the issues chimpanzees face is also key to protecting them. People will have been deforesting areas out of a need for their survival so working with the community to find sustainable alternatives to these activities is crucial.