On the headwaters of the Kafue River, sixty
kilometers west of Chingola, lies the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. Aside from Chimpanzees, Chimfunshi does have a host of other animals benefiting from the
care of David and Sheila Siddle.
The Siddle's retired to farm at Chimfunshi in
the late seventies. Locally famous for caring for animals, Sheila received in 1983 a young
chimpanzee that had been confiscated from Zairean poachers. The Chimpanzee wasnt
expected to survive, but Sheila persisted and nursed the animals back to health. That act
of love sparked off a process that has turned Chimfunshi into an internationally
recognised sanctuary and rehabilitation centre. In fact, it is the only successful centre
of its kind in the world; surviving on the tenacity and ingenuity of David and Sheila as
well the financial support of well wishers (as opposed to international wildlife
conservation agencies). Once millions of chimpanzees roamed the forests of 25 countries in
equatorial Africa. Today they are an endangered species.
is now home to over fifty chimpanzees housed in two enclosures - one walled and the other solar power electric fencing - with cages for
the new introductions. But Chimfunshi is outgrowing itself. Plans for the acquisition of
more land have developed into the formation of the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust.
The Trust has purchased a neighbouring farm of ten thousand acres. the intention is to
create a 2500 acre fenced enclosure for the chimps while the balance will be dedicated to
a wildlife preserve, education facilities and a tourist lodge. The lengthy process of
acquiring the necessary funds to facilitate this ambitious project have already begun.
Further information can be requested from "Friends of
Chimfunshi" P.O. Box 3555, Kempton Park, 1620 South Africa. Fax: (011) 606-2492.
Donations are urgently needed and can be sent to the same address.
Although Chimfunshi does not cater for tourists just yet,
accommodation is available for paying guests who are genuinely interested in chimpanzees.
Messages to let them know youre coming can be left at 311293 in Chingola. Fax:
If youre in this remote part of north western Zambia,
it is well worth a visit. In fact its worth taking a trip here from anywhere in
Zambia, such is the privilege of being able to spend time with these fascinating animals.
In a world of crass commercialism, Chimfunshi thrives on unconditional love and
CHIMFUNSHI CAMPSITE on the banks of the kafue River
Camping area..........$10 per person per night. Hot showers
Thatched Chalet.......$ 20 per person per night, 2 beds with mattreses
For sale: Charcoal - braai packs, coffee, tea, powdered
milk or fresh milk, popcorn, chips, baked beans, bully beef, matches
Bar......Beers and cool drinks
Boat trips.....The Africa Queen with outboard engine and
coxswain, can take between five and six people.
For further information contact Marggie Katola Tel Chingola
311293 during working hours.
See Chimfunshi's own Web page
See Map for location
APPEAL FOR FUNDING.
of their gregarious nature, strong group structure, and not least the
dangers they would face from poachers and the illegal trade in live
animals and game meat, it is not realistic to return them to the wild.
their human cousins, chimpanzees enjoy a long life span (45-60 years) so
consequently those Chimfunshi will need care and protection for decades
an Education Centre was built to provide a facility to teach the youth
of Zambia about ecology and wildlife conservation. It is also used by
local and international students researching group behavior and ethnic
studies. The Trust bears the cost of bringing groups of under
privileged children to Chimfunshi, while those from affluent societies
are charged a moderate fee to cover expenses.
Trustees would kindly request a donation for the funding assistance of
our daily operations at our Orphanage.
costs of caring for the chimpanzees amount to over 108,000,000 Kwacha (approximately
US 30,000) a month and CWOT has been, and continues to be
supported by visitors and well-wishers from home and abroad.
The Trustees now face a financial crisis that
threatens the well being of the chimpanzees and survival of Chimfunshi.
The most pressing expenses are:
of fruit and vegetables from neighbouring villagers. In this manner,
the Trust inject K120,000,000 per annum (approximately USD33,000) into
an economically depressed area of Zambia.
Purchase of mealie-meal and other food supplements for the chimpanzees –
including 100 litres per day of fresh milk as the protein substitute in
the diet of these omnivores.
repairs for the Trust vehicles – 75kms from Chingola, the round trip of
150kms is undertaken twice weekly to collect fresh food for the chimps.
The vehicles (a 4-tonne Cantor and a landcruiser) both require a major
Sponsorship to bring under-privileged school groups to the Education
appeal for immediate help is being sent out while plans for the future
development and longer term funding of CWOT are being formulated. Any
assistance, however large or small in either Kwacha or US Dollars will
be GRATEFULLY received. Donations should be sent to P.O Box 11190,
Chingola. Cheques should be made out to CHIMFUNSHI WILDLIFE ORPHANAGE
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust is a registered charity and all
donations are fully tax-deductible.
require additional information, please contact the Trust at this
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust
Reg. Charity ZRA – TPIN 8000000592703
P.O Box 11190