Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust
In 1995, the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust (CWOT) was established to ensure and protect the long term future of the sanctuary. This now comprise the Orphanage where individuals are integrated into social groups; and the Project where family groups enjoy relative freedom in 200 and 300 acre enclosures.
In 2002, an education centre was built to provide a facility to teach the youth of Zambia about ecology and wildlife conservation. The centre is also used by local and international students researching chimpanzee behaviour, plant biology, birdlife and ethnic studies. The trust bears the cost of bringing groups of under privileged children to Chimfunshi, while those from affluent societies are charged a moderate fee to cover expenses.
The purpose of the foundation is
1. To ensure the continued welfare of animals more particular chimpanzees for wildlife conservation in Zambia;
2. To educate the people of Zambia more especially the youth thereof to cherish wildlife flora and Fauna;
3. To advise and assist the Governmental Authorities in the application and enforcement of all statutes relating to game, fauna, flora and fish conservation;
4. To assist and enlist the sympathy and assistance of the whole community in the appreciation of wildlife;
5. Generally, to do everything possible to promote conservation of the wildlife or Zambia and of chimpanzees and in furthering the object
1. To provide for the best welfare and continuous existence of chimpanzees
2. To improve and strengthen capacity
3. To attain sustainability for all programs
4. To educate people with international perspectives
5. To promote environmental appreciation and sustainable development
Current Trustees are Sheila Winfred Siddle, Sebastian Louis, William Nyirenda, Bruce Peck and Kitty Hewitt.Top