There are currently four chimpanzees aptly named the Escape Artists due to their ability to escape from the large forested enclosures at Chimfunshi. Because of this they are housed in a large cage for their safety and for that of visitors, volunteers and keepers, but which does not allow them access to their natural, forested habitat.
The key objective is the improvement of the health and wellbeing of the Chimpanzees in relation to the more space and a more natural environment through providing new enclosures.
Long Term Impact:
Our long term objective is to conserve the Chimpanzee population in Africa and to reduce the negative impact of human-wildlife conflict on Chimpanzees in Zambia. Demonstrating a better living environment will help to educate visitors that come to the sanctuary as well as donors of Chimfunshi.
This project is contributing towards the efforts of Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust. African Impact Foundation are fundraising in partnership to contribute towards the electrical system needed to ensure the ‘Escape Artists’ can access a more natural, forested environment within a secure fenced enclosure. The Foundation partners with Chimfunshi Organization in Northern Zambia with the aim to provide a sanctuary for over 120 rescued chimpanzees.
- 2017: Chimfunshi and the Foundation identified that the four Escape Artists (so called due to their ability to continuously escape from their forested enclosure) were in dire need of a larger and safer enclosure for them to have a life that felt more in line with the rehabilitation of the 4 chimps.
- 2018: Fundraising efforts continued for the Escape Artists Enclosure and a solar pump. Discussions with partners provided possible final funding to bring the project to fruition in 2019.