Animals & Attractions

The Budongo Trail

The Budongo Trail is one of the world's most innovative and interactive chimpanzee enclosures. 

Home to 17 chimps, including latest arrival Masindi, the exhibit allows you to watch these amazing creatures and learn all about the links between humans and our closest relative. 

You can help feed and care for our chimps, and other threatened animals around the world, by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun facts!

  • With such large living quarters, the Budongo Trail can actually house up to 40 chimps
  • The outdoor area boasts a huge climbing frame and plenty of vegetation, giving our chimps great opportunities for fun, foraging and exercise
  • The indoor rooms, or ‘pods’, all have different environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and lighting, so each chimp can choose their preferred “hangout”
  • The enclosure was specially designed to stimulate the chimps to use and show natural physical, social and mental behaviours that would be observed in the wild 

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Find out how we support Chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest in Uganda:

The Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS) combines research and conservation to ensure sustainable management and use of the Budongo Forest Reserve.
There are many different projects taking place at the BCFS such as monitoring chimpanzee health and disease. Currently, over 430 individual habituated chimpanzees are monitored at eight sites.
The BCFS team also work with local communities and help to dissuade hunters from setting bush meat snares in the forest, which the chimps regularly get caught or injured in. As part of this scheme, they provide ex-hunters with goat breeding pairs to help them start an alternative source of livelihood that is not dependant on forest resources. These ex-hunters have in return voluntarily participated in snare removal exercises alongside the BCFS snare patrol team.
Find out more about our work with the Budongo Conservation Field Station.

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