Culture and conservation of the great apes: Enhancing Development
Uganda is gifted with a multicultural society of 65 ethnic groups recognised by the Constitution. Almost all these are organised in clans, some of which identify with animal totems and have a strong attachment to nature. Uganda is also rich in natural heritage and is home to over 5000 chimpanzees and over 400 gorillas that have been listed as endangered species. The great apes’ survival has been of great concern to national and international conservationist organisation, they also constitute an important tourism attraction. Are there, however, any other reasons or attachments to these animals that could justify more concerted efforts to care for and conserve them? To address this question, the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU) recently carried out research to establish the extent to which culture can contribute to the conservation of the great apes in Uganda.
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