Wednesday, February 12, 2003


Chimp On the Loose
Gerald Tenywa

A CHIMPANZEE has escaped from a quarantine facility at the Veterinary Training Institute, Entebbe, after severely injuring its keeper.

It was one of the three chimps imported from Tanzania last August.

They were suspected to be suffering from tuberculosis and a quarantine was imposed on them for fear that they would spread the disease to other chimps and human beings.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on Saturday dispatched a team of rangers to shoot the animal on sight. It is suspected to be around Kigungu landing site or near the Entebbe International Airport.

UWA executive director Dr. Arthur Mugisha said stakeholders in wildlife conservation had agreed that the chimp be shot because it had become a public health risk.

The remaining one will be deported to Tanzania....

It is alleged that the same chimp killed a person in Tanzania and the wildlife authorities condemned the trio to death before they were relocated to Uganda.