Monday, April 21, 2008

Uganda Wildlife Officers Rescue Chimpanzee From Catholic Priest

A three-year-old chimpanzee was recovered three weeks ago from the residence of a Catholic priest in the Hoima district.

Ugandan wildlife officers rescued the chimp from the home of Fr Josemarie Kizito following a tip off from residents, New Vision reported.

The chimp, named Leo, has lost two fingers from his right hand, but he picks food faster than other chimpanzees rescued from suspected poachers. The chimp, which was confined for one year in a wooden cage at the priest's home, was recovered with the help of the police who are yet to question Fr Kizito.

The chimpanzee was taken to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe which also houses 13 other chimps.

Lilly Ajarova, the executive director of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Conservation Wildlife Trust, said Leo was rescued on March 15 from Kyangwali Village after a tip-off by a resident.

Chimps are listed as endangered species that should not be held in captivity, according to national and international wildlife laws.

Story here.

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