The chimpanzees at Chimfunshi live in large, enclosed, open forested area within the natural Miombo woodland – each of an area up to 200Ha (500 acres).
Each enclosure includes an indoor handling facility with several areas, which are used for supplementary feeding of the chimpanzees; for social integration, health observations and for urgent medical care if required.
The majority of Chimfunshi’s chimpanzees spend most of their time outside in the forest and sleep in ‘nests’ in the trees as they would in the wild. They are generally only in the indoor handling facilities for approximately 90 minutes of their day to ensure their health and wellbeing.
The current group sizes within each enclosure at Chimfunshi are at capacity and new additions into current groups are not possible . This means that there is no space for new rescues within any of the existing groups currently.
Chimfunshi plan to construct two new outdoor enclosures.
The objective is:
- to be able to rescue as many chimpanzees as possible and give them a safe and permanent home