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Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage

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5th Lane, Chingola, Zambia
+260 21 2311293
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Greg & Su

Whenever we are in the Copperbelt region of Zambia we visit. We are privileged to know and are... read more

Reviewed 28 January 2017
Gregkru
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Worth a visit to experience the unique creatures how they live in the wild. We watched how they are... read more

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Reviewed 6 September 2016
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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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5th Lane, Chingola, Zambia
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Whenever we are in the Copperbelt region of Zambia we visit. We are privileged to know and are friends with Shelia and Sylvia the founder and her daughter. The work that they do and accomplish in extremely difficult circumstances is quite simply miraculous. Chimfunshi is...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2016

Worth a visit to experience the unique creatures how they live in the wild. We watched how they are being fed and spend the day picnicking and enjoying the company of the owner and founder of the Chimfunshi Orphanage.More

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Bailsmurph, Guest Relations Manager at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2016

Thank you so much LindeMkushi for your review of Chimfunshi from your recent visit. We are pleased to hear you had a great visit and shared some time with Sheila, our Founder. We thank you for your support and we hope to welcome you back...More

Reviewed 6 September 2016

One the the best wildlife Orphanages, friendly staff, knowledge of the Chimps is unbelievable. Friendly, just a must visit when in ZambiaMore

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Bailsmurph, Guest Relations Manager at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2016

Thank you so much theunisb616 for your review of Chimfunshi from your recent visit. We are thrilled to hear you had such a fabulous visit. Our Chimpanzee Keepers are fantastic and are really passionate about the chimps and the work they do, not to mention...More

Reviewed 5 September 2016

You must visit this chimpanzee rescue centre . I have been to several similar places in S Africa ,Uganda etc but this is the most natural and worth while . There are several areas to visit but the chimp bush walk is incredible when you...More

1  Thank paul g
Bailsmurph, Guest Relations Manager at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2016

Thank you so much Paul for supporting Chimfunshi and your kind words on your recent visit with us. It was a pleasure having you at Chimfunshi and we hope to welcome you back again some day. Rosie Marketing and Fundraising

Reviewed 20 March 2016

All things being equal not worth the trip on the very average roads. A place only for very enthusiastic wild life fanatics. Not the sort of place to take the family for a day out.

Thank normanseton
Reviewed 27 January 2016

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is a unique home for orphaned chimpanzees located about 65 Km from Chingola in the Copperbelt, Zambia. The camp is managed by the Siddle family who care very much for the chimps and treat them with love and respect. The directions to...More

Thank KaustubhDharkar
Reviewed 27 January 2016

What a wonderful place to visit. My wife and I was told that the road from Chingo to Chimfunshi was very bad but decided to make a day of it. To our surprise the road was under construction and the temporary service road was easy...More

Thank Boschenvaal
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Nice place to visit for a day trip and the place could do with whatever assistance they can get. Nice staff and they are doing a great job taking care of all the animals in.

1  Thank Sandeep J
Reviewed 20 September 2015

My boyfriend, his mother and I had an incredible time at the orphanage in July. We were a little bit late as we drove in on Solwezi Rd. from another campsite and turned into the first road towards the site, rather than the second, which...More

Thank ergoelaine
Reviewed 19 September 2015

How many places are there where you can get into an enclosure and be hugged by a chimpanzee? This is the only one i know of. Even though the orphanage is not near the main towns, it's well worth making an effort to visit. After...More

1  Thank Steve-Armitage
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