Wildlife Art Exhibition to Raise Funds for Ngamba Chimpanzee Medical Ward

German Ambassador to Uganda H.E Dr. Peter Blomeyer (L) together with US wildlife photographer Barbara Holweg (C) and Ugandan artist Taga Nuwagaba (R) at the art exhibition at Sheraton Hotel

Conservationists in Uganda have organized an art exhibition in a bid to raise funds to construct a medical facility for chimpanzees on Ngaba island sanctuary. The island is currently home to 47 primates but there’s fear that absence of a separate facility for treating these chimpanzees could put human lives on a threat.

The 3 day exhibition organized by Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust started on Thursday at Sheraton Hotel Kampala and was officially opened by the German Ambassador in Uganda.

Two artists Barbara Hollweg a reknown US wildlife photographer and Ugandan artist Taga Nuwagaba collected the pieces being auctioned. The art pieces showcase Uganda’s wildlife including chimpanzees, sickness zebras, elephants among others.

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Robinah Nansubuga who curated the exhibition told Chimpreports that the art exhibition is also aimed at protecting the wildlife history that is highly valued for future generations.

“This exhibition is important because its a way of protecting wild animals whose habitat we humans are quickly invading yet this is where animals like chimps often get their medication. Also, the fact that it brings together 2 artists from different settings demonstrates collaborative conservation,” she said.

Nansubuga said at least Ugshs 80M is required to set up the medical ward for the primates.

Barbra Holweg one of the artists who was present said her visit to Uganda 11 years ago had changed her attitude towards wildlife photography.

“My photography is my way of contributing to efforts of protecting these chimpanzees at Ngamba Island and proceeds will go towards supporting the cause.”

The German Ambassador to Uganda Dr. Peter Blomeyer called for more respect of wild creatures from humans whom he said are responsible for safeguarding nature for both himself and other creatures.


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