Blank Park Zoo Conservation in Support of Our Closest Relative

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Blank Park Zoo Conservation in Support of Our Closest Relative


by Jessie Lowry, Blank Park Zoo animal keeper and conservation coordinator

Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity as Blank Park Zoo’s Conservation Coordinator to travel to Uganda to support the Ugandan Chimpanzee Ambassadors. This team works tirelessly in the African rain forest, monitoring wild chimpanzee troops and other rare animals, working to protect them from poaching (being illegally taken or killed) and capture for the illegal pet trade. The Zoo’s conservation committee is proud to partner with this team of 27 Ambassadors, which are part of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT).The Ambassadors also educate the local communities about preservation of this precious habitat and reforestation techniques. 

Blank Park Zoo has “adopted” this courageous team and has provided donations of needed gear and equipment to ensure success of this program. Everyday items we often take for granted -- such as hiking boots, flashlights, rain gear, GPS units and cameras -- are unavailable in Uganda, so the Zoo’s conservation committee collected these items for the team.  

In March I had the privilege of going to Uganda to deliver these donations. I spent two weeks in the country meeting the Ambassadors, assessing the needs of the team and meeting with local communities. We are proud to be a part of such a great conservation effort! 

If you’re interested in learning how you can help with the Zoo's conservation efforts, you can email me at We are thankful for supporters and donors of Blank Park Zoo – you are able to help make efforts like these happen!


Me (right) with an ambassador and Lilly Ajarova (middle), director of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust 

The entire Ugandan Ambassador team

One of the Ugandan chimpanzees

08/30/2012 1:15 PM |Add a comment
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