Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is dedicated to the care and wellbeing of chimpanzees. Often they were rescued from poachers, the illegal bushmeat trade, dilapidated zoos and circuses, and come from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
Since 2014 Chimfunshi has employed a veterinarian who lives and works at Chimfunshi looking after the medical needs of the chimpanzees at the orphanage and sanctuary. In addition to regular health checks, the vet looks after acute cases and the needs of new rescued individuals. These new rescued chimpanzees often require intensive medical care on arrival due to their poor living situations, traumatised, often injured, starved, or dehydrated and need close monitoring and care over a period of several months. To date, there is no veterinary clinic at Chimfunshi and the veterinarian works with what she has improvising areas for treatments and procedures for the chimpanzees
Chimfunshi is now home to over 130 chimpanzees and is in dire need of a veterinary clinic to provide the much needed health care. Currently our vet performs her daily care and treatment of animals in the field and in times when major life threatening surgeries are required, we have to prepare one of the areas within the indoor handling facilities, which is less than ideal and takes time to ensure the environment is suitably sterile and clean before any procedure.
Chimfunshi intends to construct and fit out a Chimpanzee Veterinary & Research Centre including a vet clinic, surgical resources, laboratory and research facility.
The objective are:
- to further enhance the level of care of the Chimfunshi chimpanzees and new arrivals to the sanctuary
- to promote the humane and appropriately-conducted research into chimpanzees and primates
- to use the new research facility to improve support from visiting international researchers