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Chimfunshi Website Offers New Adoptions

Last updated on February 5, 2012

Five new chimpanzees available for adoption – including a trio that were rescued together from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2004 – and an updated page of chimpanzee residents are among the recent changes to the website of the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage.

Chimfunshi’s website can be reached at www.chimfunshi.org.za.

The Chimfunshi website also includes a new on-line donation option, whereby supporters can make any contribution they wish via PayPal. Previously, Chimfunshi donors were limited to pre-set amounts.

Chimfunshi is one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world, and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. More than 130 chimpanzees have found care and protection at Chimfunshi since it was created by David and Sheila Siddle on their cattle ranch in central Zambia in 1983.

Among the chimpanzees now available for adoption are Karla, Hans, and Bili, three infants that were confiscated from illegal traders in northern DR Congo in 2004. All three were weak and malnourished upon arrival, and it was feared Karla might not survive. Hans, meanwhile, had lost an eye, presumably as a result of his capture.

Other newcomers include Cindy, who survived a harrowing three-day ordeal in a cage with a dead companion in Cote d’Ivoire before her rescue, and Alice, who spent several years as a tourist attraction at a restaurant in Cote d’Ivoire.

Chimpanzees at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage can be “adopted” for $100 per year. The care and custody of the chimpanzees remains with Chimfunshi, but the pride and satisfaction of contributing to their rehabilitation remain with the donor.

For more information, please visit www.chimfunshi.org.za or contact [email protected]

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