Moses used to produce charcoal. Now he's saving chimps by planting trees.

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People change. Sometime in the best, most surprising way.

We met Moses in Uganda while visiting our reforestation project. The nursery he's managing there helps to sustain the local chimp population. Here’s how: the trees that Moses is growing (and that your searches are funding) are planted along rivers that connect existing forest patches. Thanks to these ‘forest corridors’, chimpanzees can safely roam from one forest to the next when foraging for food or searching for mates.

Before the forest corridors were planted, chimpanzees regularly came into conflict with local farmers. As their natural habitat dwindled, the great apes started to venture into agricultural fields, in search for food. Many chimps were shot by farmers, and their babies were sold into the illegal pet trade. The forest corridors Moses is helping to plant have dramatically improved this tragic situation because the chimps no longer need to leave their forest.

But that’s just one part of the story. The more we talked to him, the more we realized that Moses wasn’t always the environmental leader he is today. This video tells the story of his transformation: