In 1989, Stephan Louis founded Chimfunshi Verein zum Schutz bedrohter Umwelt e.V., a non-profit organisation with the aim of supporting the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage.
Purpose and Goals of Chimfunshi e.V.
- finance the operations, maintenance and expansion of the sanctuary as well as providing rehabilitative care for the chimpanzees About Chimfunshi >
- ensure the long-term continuity of Chimfunshi and the rescue of chimpanzees in need Chimpanzees – Background Info >
- provide for and educate the people living at Chimfunshi Projects>
- provide information about and promote commitment to the welfare of chimpanzees with the goal of getting as many people as possible to support species protection, animal welfare and natural conservation
- support primate research and cooperate with international institutes and universities Research >
- engage in exchange with other chimpanzee sanctuaries and scientists around the world; facilitate field studies at Chimfunshi
The first years of chimfunshi e.v.
In 1988, Hamburg entrepreneur Stephan Louis discovered the Siddle’s orphanage and has since been actively committed to Chimfunshi. He founded the Chimfunshi Verein zum Schutz bedrohter Umwelt e.V. in Germany that same year and, together with numerous donors, provided significant financing for the project.
Thanks to the financial support from Germany in the early days of the association, the sanctuary could be organised internally and the first employees hired, which allowed additional chimpanzees to be accepted into the orphanage. The first outdoor enclosures and feeding buildings were created and an initial inventory of vehicles, equipment and machinery was purchased.
In addition, five wells were drilled to ensure a supply of clean drinking water for Chimfunshi.
The acquisition of the Siddle cattle farm by Stephan Louis, who transferred his ownership to a Zambian trust, was intended to support the work with the chimpanzees and also to make the chimpanzee sanctuary self-supporting in the long term.
Stephan Louis sadly passed away unexpectedly and at the much-too-young age of 57 on 25.7.2011. His vision and commitment led many chimpanzees to be saved and given a home whilst ensuring a living for several hundred people in Zambia.
the association today
Since 2012, Stephan Louis’ brother Sebastian has continued his brother’s legacy as the new Chair of the Chimfunshi e.V. board. A small school, staff residences and additional wells have since been built at Chimfunshi. All of the facility’s machinery and vehicles were either replaced or repaired and a number of donations in kind (clothes, toys and school materials) have been accepted. Projects >
In addition, cooperation with international scientific institutions has been expanded and an organization for volunteers was opened in cooperation with African Impact, which organises volunteer work for projects in Africa and contributes to the income of Chimfunshi Zambia. Research >Top