Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, Chingola: Hours, Address, Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Reviews: 4.5/5

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust is one of the largest chimpanzee reserves in the world and is internationally recognized as such. Chimfunshi is home to 120 chimpanzees, most of them living in 4 large forested enclosures, and as close to their natural environment as possible. Chimfunshi started as a family-run wildlife orphanage in the north of Zambia, and today Chimfunshi is managed by a Board of Trustees to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Sanctuary. Chimfunshi was founded in 1983 when a game ranger brought a badly wounded infant chimpanzee to the cattle ranch of David and Sheila Siddle. The Siddle's nursed that chimp - named "Pal" - back to health, thereby establishing a tradition of care and respect that forms the legacy of the sanctuary. Once word of Pal's recovery spread, the Siddle's were inundated with orphaned chimpanzees. Sheila Siddle quoted "All I know is that I held a dying chimpanzee in my arms that day and it changed my life forever." Although many of the chimpanzees were confiscated from poachers who attempted to smuggle the infants into Zambia for sale as pets, an equally large number were rescued from dilapidated zoos and circuses from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. With 120 chimpanzees, Chimfunshi is now one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world. In 2002, an Education Centre was built to provide a facility to teach the youth of Zambia about ecology and wildlife conservation. Local and international students researching group behaviour and ethnic studies also use it. Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage operates entirely on donations and sponsorship, without the financial support provided by our valued Donors, volunteers and visitors, the sanctuary and its inhabitants could not survive. Join us for a day visit or overnight stay and be intrigued by humans' closest relative and learn about our similarities from our knowledgeable Keepers.
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Thabitha K
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
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Jun 2020
Love the farm and out doors. The farm life is great love to eat chicken and love to walk on the beach.
Written 11 February 2021
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PaulinaC85
London, UK10 contributions
Chimfunshi Chimpanzee orphanage
Jan 2019 • Friends
Chimfunshi is an amazing place to visit. It is the largest Chimpanzee sanctuary in the world, rescuing Chimps around Africa who have been poached and mistreated. The work they do is beautiful to witness, from the rehabilitation to their release into the relative wilderness - for their own safety they remain in a large forest encircled by a fence to protect them from being poached again in the countries they came from. You can see chimps of all ages playing around, coming right to the fence at feeding time which is a joy to observe. These beautiful, intelligent creatures are very well cared for in their new home with such a dedicated team looking after them. Highly recommend a visit. Be warned with using google maps - follow the signs on the website instead if you prefer to take a more direct route instead of via the old road!
Written 31 January 2019
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Paulo m
Pretoria, South Africa6 contributions
Amazing Wildlife Experience
Aug 2018 • Friends
Bucket list stuff. The Sidles have created an amazing place with very little funding. Help if you can. While the place is very archaic the chimps look happy and live in as natural an environment as possible. most of these are troubled individuals rescued from all over the world where they were abused and neglected. an amazing experience and if you have the time a must. walking with the baby chimps was incredible and sad at the same time as you realise what people had done to these poor creatures before they were rescued. most orphans had their parents killed and eaten, shocking and disgusting savagery. the road is dirt but good and a quick detour will get you there in no time. will go back if a get the chance!
Written 29 August 2018
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stephensT2418FN
Chingola, Zambia2 contributions
Fabulous Visit to Chimfushi Wildlif Orphnage
May 2018
I, my wife and children had a fabulous time at Chimfushi where we learnt a lot about the wildlife habiting there in particular the way the monkeys and apes are living in a wonderful serene environment.
the trip was worth taking.
Written 7 August 2018
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Wendy T
New Egypt, NJ267 contributions
If this place would emulate the "Save the Chimps" organization in Florida, USA. it would make for a healthier environmen
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is definitely not a healthy environment for staff or chimps.
They need to do a total revamp of this facility.
Workers in the mine fields often came here with prostitutes..............
Written 5 August 2018
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Sivananthan Kokul
Lusaka, Zambia233 contributions
Amazing Place
Jul 2018 • Family
This place is about 45 Km from chingola town along T5. They have two sections, orphanage and enclosures. If your going to see them go around at 13 hours. then you can see the feeding. This time road was considerably OK
Written 4 July 2018
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ToursByLocals Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia28 contributions
Meeting the Chimfunchi Chimpanees
Dec 2016
Chimfushi in Chingola is the place located in the Copper belt province of Zambia, is one of the best mammal orphanage to find friendly chimpanzees. Bring something little for these apes and get in love with them all.
Written 24 November 2017
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smruti ranjan jena
Rourkela, India16 contributions
Chimfunshi Visit with friends
Aug 2017 • Friends
Very nice place and nearly 60 kms from chingola. Inside forest nice arrangements to see chimpanzee. Donated some clothes and chocolates to them.
Written 2 October 2017
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Milo R
5 contributions
Great for animal and bird lovers!
Jan 2017 • Friends
Not much of a fan of chimps, but the chimp walk was really insightful. The roads into Chingola are not the best (!). We stayed at The Tabernacle Guest Lodge in Chililabombwe and went to see the chimps in the morning.
Written 2 July 2017
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Bratt
Preston, UK27 contributions
Excellent 2 days in Chimfunshi
Jun 2017
If you love animals, and especially chimpanzees this is the the place to visit. Accommodation is basic as would be expected and based on dormitories within large houses and a couple of large "tents". In the accommodation area there is a large outdoor central area with braai facilities, an area for an open fire, a covered area for eating and wifi etc. While we were there most people brought their own food and cooked in the shared kitchen or on the braai, but there is also a paid for service as well that served us 3 very pleasant meals.
It's an 8km trek through the bush to the orphanage, but well worth it. Especially if you cheat and have a car like we did. Sheila and all the staff are very welcoming as are the dogs, sheep, calves, peacocks, geese and various other orphaned and rescued animals. The chimpanzee walk was excellent and very fulfilling. We accompanied the 3 chimps on both days we were there - it's expensive, but knowing that the money is going to help the sanctuary means it's money well spent. Special thanks to Dominick for providing excellent company during the walks.
Would thoroughly recommend visiting - there seems to be little tourism in this part of Zambia, which is a shame as it is a beautiful part of Africa but, probably due to high levels of poaching over the past few decades, there is little wildlife outside the national parks.
Written 29 June 2017
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