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Letter from Recipient Paul Nyenje

Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Entebbe, Uganda




1st June 2009


The Director, The Shape Of Enrichment

re: Appreciation


Dear Madam,

      I am very grateful that you made it possible for me to attend the Animal Keepers Association of Africa Symposium and Enrichment Workshop and do appreciate so much your encouragement and the interest you showed in promoting enrichment and animal welfare.

      In the three days, I learnt a lot about enrichment and animal husbandry and I am certain that I gained more knowledge in animal care by using the different enrichment tools. I am ready and willing to learn more and put into practice all I learnt for the betterment of the chimpanzees at Ngamba Island and general wildlife conservation. Achievements and skills I gained:

¥ Environmental enrichment skills and appreciated it as the best kind of enrichment

¥ Provision of social and food enrichment to primates, especially chimpanzees that are social animals

¥ Problem-solving of abnormal patterns of behaviour in animals under human care

¥ Enrichment and Neo-phobia, that is, avoiding enrichment that frightens if itÕs too much

¥ The five freedoms of animal welfare

¥ Hygiene and pest control which have effect on nutrition and health of the animals

¥ Caution and considerations during enrichment, because some enrichment materials can be harmful or dangerous to the animals

¥ Safety and health of the keepers

¥ Integration and introduction

      We modified our feeding patterns by introducing new methods like cutting the food in small pieces so as to increase chances of even food distribution. 

      Following the presentation of the Boomer Ball¨ to the baby chimpanzees from Ngamba, the two, Afrika and Baron, got an added enrichment tool. They have adapted quite well to it. Baron tosses and kicks it with the hands. Africa stands on it and gains balance. Since it also has water in it, they like shaking it. However, Baron being the dominant over Africa, he doesnÕt allow Afrika to use it most of the time.

      Lastly, I take this opportunity to thank you for all the new techniques of enrichment, the sponsorship to the AKAA symposium 2009, the Boomer Ball¨ given to the sanctuary chimpanzees and the commitment to cause of enrichment husbandry.

With warm regards and pant hoots,                             

Paul Nyenje

Chimpanzee Sanctuary And Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWET), Entebbe, Uganda


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Letter from Recipient Julius Abigaba

Animal Keeper, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe, Uganda


23 May, 2009


Madam Valerie

Workshop Coordinator, The Shape of Enrichment


Dear Madam,


Allow me from the bottom of my heart extend my sincere thanks to the Lee Houts Fund for the sponsorship to attend, and also to present, in my first workshop of this nature. I have been a keeper for more than eight years but have never had this chance.


I learnt a lot from this workshop, most especially on enrichment and I also got contacts with other keepers.


I can assure you that I am never going to be the same again. ItÕs just a matter of time before I start participating in sending in pictures and articles about enrichment for my animals. I would like to conclude by saying thanks very much.


I remain yours faithfully,

Abigaba Julius

Animal Keeper

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe, Uganda



The Shape of Enrichment would like to thank the Boomer Ball company for their many, generous donations of Boomer Balls¨ and Spools to given to zoos in Uganda, South Africa, Brazil, and Chile during our workhops!







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