The Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage will mark its 25th anniversary with a special logo and merchandise designed to commemorate a milestone of one of Africa’s most successful chimpanzee sanctuaries.
Chimfunshi was founded in 1983 when a dying infant chimpanzee was brought to the cattle farm of David and Sheila Siddle in Zambia. The Siddles nursed that chimpanzee – nicknamed “Pal” – back to life, and eventually came to care for over 125 orphaned chimpanzees.
The Chimfunshi 25th Anniversary logo depicts Pal as he looks today, along with the Chimfunshi emblem and a stylized “25.” The new logo is available on t-shirts, buttons and stickers at the Chimfunshi website at www.chimfunshi.org.za.
The 25th anniversary logo (pictured above) was designed by Haley Newberg, a graphic artist whose company, Wildlife & Whimsy, creates artwork for wildlife organizations from its headquarters in Missoula, Montana, USA. A former keeper at the Sequoia Park Zoo in California, Newberg became aware of Chimfunshi when she met Chimfunshi educator Sylvia Jones at the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) 2005 Conservation Education course in Sacramento, California.
Chimfunshi is one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world, and pioneered many of the designs and practices used routinely in other sanctuaries today. Chimfunshi is also a charter member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA).