UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Field sites

We collaborate with two African Chimpanzee Sanctuaries to conduct our behavioural studies with chimpanzees:

Ngamba Island or CSWCT (Uganda) and Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary (Kenya)

Chimpanzees walking through a lush green forest.
Both sanctuaries are members of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance and their primary goal is to rescue and take care of the chimpanzees in a semi-captive environment. In addition, these organizations play a crucial role protecting chimpanzees and creating awareness among the public about the need to protect these animals and their natural habitats.
Image 1: Chimpanzees coming back from the forest at Ngamba Island

Chimpanzee from Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
The sanctuaries provide a safe home, with 24-hour veterinary support, for chimpanzees rescued from the illegal pet and bushmeat trade. They roam and forage freely in outdoor enclosures of approximately 38 ha. of natural forest in Ngamba Island, Uganda, and 35 ha. of savannah and wooded grassland in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. At night they return to covered and protected enclosures where they can build nests and get an evening meal. See the webpages above for more information about both places.
Image 2: Chimpanzee from Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary