Had a great trip with a friend to Chimfunshi- worth the full day of hitching and overnight stay in Chingola it took to get there! Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side, but despite the rain we got to see the chimps and spend time with the volunteers and speak about what they do. My friend and I both have backgrounds in primatology so it was of interest to both of us and we really enjoyed ourselves. The keepers were lovely and very informed, as were all the staff and volunteers. The chimps were fascinating and so different to the old world monkeys I'm used to working with. As someone who has worked in serval primate rehabs though, it's sad for me to think they will never get a second chance (well, for many a first chance, as more have been born in the centre than rescued) of freedom. And I don't think "we can't release them as they might just get poached" is a very good excuse for not attempting to do so. In that case no animals could ever be re-introduced as it's a risk they all face. However, Chimfunshi is definitely the next best thing to the wild for the chimps, and a million times better than some of the places they came from. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested. Didn't participate in the chimp walk, as I feel it's not an appropriate activity for animals which should be being kept as wild as possible. But that's just my opinion :)
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