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The Chimpanzees of the Budongo ForestEcology, Behaviour and Conservation$
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Vernon Reynolds

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515463.001.0001

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The future of Budongo's chimpanzees and of the chimpanzees of Uganda as a whole

The future of Budongo's chimpanzees and of the chimpanzees of Uganda as a whole

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(p.223) 12. The future of Budongo's chimpanzees and of the chimpanzees of Uganda as a whole
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The Chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest
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Vernon Reynolds

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515463.003.0013

Illegal pit-sawing, snaring, and population pressure are the main threats facing the chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest today. Population pressure is linked to the growth of agribusiness, in particular, the sugarcane industry. The forest has a Management Plan drawn up by the National Forest Authority, but there is a lack of enforcement of laws and a general lack of policing of the forest due to understaffing. A great deal more money and effort must be put into wildlife conservation if the survival of the Budongo chimpanzees is to be achieved. A five-year national action plan for chimpanzee conservation was published by the Uganda Wildlife Authority in 2003. This embodies a bold vision and it remains to be seen whether this vision can be realized in the face of ever increasing pressures on the Budongo chimpanzees.

Keywords:   future, Uganda, population, threats, sugarcane, conservation, enforcement, policing, survival

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