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Budongo Conservation Field Station

Nestled in over 100,000 acres of the Ugandan rainforest, the Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS) combines cutting-edge research with practical action on the ground to study and protect a community of nearly 700 wild chimpanzees.

The project – which was first established in 1990 and has been core funded by RZSS since 2005 – has looked to establish the Budongo Forest Reserve as a model for tropical rainforest management and is overseen by a predominantly Ugandan team.

More than 150 researchers have been based at the field station over the years, studying everything from chimp injuries to tropical forest bird ecology and wider land use changes. The project also works closely with local communities to reduce the impact of both deforestation and snare injuries to the area’s chimpanzees, something which has been hugely effective since it was introduced in 2001.

To learn more about the research being conducted at BCFS, visit budongo.org

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