New projects are constantly being proposed and implemented at Chimfunshi. These are designed to improve the care of the chimpanzees and the lives of the villagers of Chimfunshi:
Construction of new outdoor enclosures
The ‘project planning’ to construct four new spacious outdoor enclosures, is currently in process on site at Chimfunshi.
This will be the most ambitious and complex project to date, including the challenge to construct high electric fences, various respective buildings as well as cages to feed, give medicine, observe and introduce new chimpanzees into the enclosure.
Expansion of the school
The planning to expand the school for the village children of Chimfunshi is a ongoing focus. The current objective is to improve learning material and to recruit additional teachers. The aim is to attract teachers for up to a year that are capable of teaching English, mathematics and geography while supporting the local Zambian teachers.
Our infirmary is almost ready!
The infirmary to treat the people of Chimfunshi is near completion. The medical equipment and furniture is to be delivered soon allowing operation to get underway. With the infirmary in place the primary health care of the villagers will be taken care of.
Now, we look forward to the next big project: the construction of the veterinary clinic! Once complete the regular and permanent medical care of the chimps of Chimfunshi will be seen to.
However, for this we need your support!
Construction of the veterinary clinic
The planning to build a adequate veterinary clinic is underway. The resident veterinarian Thalitha who fortunately joined the team a year ago will utilize the clinic to ensure the regular and permanent medical care for the chimps at Chimfunshi.
Comprehensive Health Check of the chimpanzees
On the initiative of the Chair of the Board, Sebastian Louis, and veterinarians Bruce Peck and Pablo Rodriguez, an extensive health check was performed on most of the chimpanzees for the first time in Autumn 2013. Twenty internationally renowned veterinarians performed this comprehensive health study of our chimpanzees – the largest health check on chimpanzees ever done in the world!
The preparations lasted for months as financing was arranged, equipment assembled, teams set and flights booked. On 1 October 2013, the wait was finally over: an international team of veterinarians and students kicked off the first Chimfunshi health check.
The goal: to give each chimpanzee at Chimfunshi a thorough medical check-up. The heart, blood work, teeth and possible pregnancies were checked in each chimpanzee. After some initial bumps along the way, everything necessary could be built and furnished: a small laboratory with scales, an electrocardiogram, operating room, ultrasound machine and much more.
Another project is the construction of additional houses for the employees of the sanctuary. The people at Chimfunshi live in very different accommodations. The aim is to give all employees a roof over their head that can withstand the heaviest of rains whilst ensuring access to clean water and electricity. This is a standard that is found in very few villages in Zambia.top