The Sanctuary

Chimfunshi is one of the largest and oldest chimpanzee sanctuaries of the world, with over 145 chimpanzees rescued from bushmeat/pet trade coming from all over the world. Our hundreds of acres of pristine Miombo woodland, we provide to the rescued chimpanzees with the safe and social environment they deserve. Besides our duty rescuing chimpanzees in need, Chimfunshi works to protect the Zambian local wildlife such as vervet monkeys, yellow baboons and birds of prey among others, with their rescue, rehabilitation and following release in protected areas.

The Community

Chimfunshi sustains 70 families - about 300 people, 150 of whom are children. Our Twampane Community School on our grounds brings education to over 170 students, teaching from Grade 1 to Grade 9. Besides our focus on education, Chimfunshi offers basical medical care to all the community through our Community Health Post, with a Clinical Officer and a Nurse/Midwife full time on site. Our school and clinic have had a major impact in our community as besides ours, the closest school and clinic are both around 20km away.


As an animal welfare and conservation institution Chimfunshi offers an extended education program about the importance of chimpanzees, the detrimental consequences of being pets and how important is to protect the habitat they habit to our visitors and also school visits. Chimfunshi also offers a Volunteer Program for all those who rather make a difference and get immerse the day-to-day of a chimpanzee sanctuary while developing their skills. Furthermore, in the recent years, Chimfunshi has evolved into a major center for research of chimpanzee behavior and cognition.


Without the financial support provided by our valued donors, volunteers and visitors, the sanctuary and its inhabitants could not survive. To those who wish to begin supporting our programs, we offer various ways for you to do so. We have a number of projects you can sponsor, which you can explore under our “Support” section, and offer a variety of ways to donate, from sponsorships to online campaigns. Whatever you choose, know it will bring great benefits to the environment, wildlife and the communities within which we work.

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Over 145 chimpanzees and 300 people live, work and learn at Chimfunshi. Make a difference by donating to our on-going projects protecting the chimps and our work in the community

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