In 2017, the Ngogo community of chimpanzees suffered a major respiratory disease epidemic. Twenty-five individuals died. Genetics research showed this virus likely had a human source. To combat this threat to their research subjects, the Ngogo Chimpanzee Project now has several protocols to reduce the chance of human-to-chimpanzee disease transmission, including a one-week stay in a separate quarantine camp before coming into main camp to observe the chimpanzees, maintaining a seven-meter distance between researchers and chimpanzees, and wearing face-masks while observing chimpanzees. The Ngogo Chimpanzee Project is working with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to improve the compliance of tourists who come to Kibale to track chimpanzees to guidelines to reduce the chances of disease transmission.
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Written by Kevin Langergraber PhD
Two documentaries have been filmed about the Ngogo chimpanzee communities—