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Destination Gambia Houses Array Of Untapped Wildlife

By Yunus S Saliu

Destination Gambia is one of the countries that houses an array of wildlife and endemic species it is still untapped, and it needs to be explored. In the destination, you can have an authentic experience, and enjoy nature and also, different cultures.

One of the places for tourists interested in wildlife tourism to experience face-to-face with nature and wildlife is the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center also known as Baboon Islands. It was established in 1979 and is home to the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project (CRP).

The place was established for the care and reintroduction of orphaned and unwanted chimpanzees. Wild chimpanzees disappeared from The Gambia in the early 1900s, as of September 2019, there are now over a hundred chimpanzees living free on 3 islands in 4 separate social groups known as – the Dash family, Pooh family, Hesus family, and Jumbo family.

Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center has six islands; only three of them have chimps (from Chimpanzees Rehabilitation Center) to Kuntaur.

It is always an unforgettable experience in Baboon Island, and at the Center there available some activities include boat expeditions through the river and estuaries where you may have an up-close but safe view of chimpanzees, baboons, red colobus monkeys, hippos, crocodiles, manatees, and over 240 species of birds and other wildlife species. Also, a guided trail hike through the mosaic of gallery, woodland, and savanna forests on the mainland. Other activities include a variety of boat tours, hikes to different locations, and comfortable accommodations among other things.


Yunus S Saliu

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