About the project
The Wildlife Orphan Care Project is the largest Chimpanzee sanctuary in the world. Due to the worldwide effects of relentless poaching, logging, habitat destruction, and human encroachment the wild population of chimpanzees has been reduced from the millions to less than 150,000. Hunted for meat or captured for sale to foreign zoos and animal testing labs, chimpanzees are disappearing at a rate of 6,000 per year. The illegal hunting and subsequent sale of primate meat, known as "bushmeat", is a thriving commercial enterprise and is on the increase with the depletion of forests.
The Chimfunshi project works to rehabilitate and give day to day care, love, and attention to creatures that are in need of help. It was founded in the early 1980's and has since won a plethora of awards. In 2002, an Education Centre was built to provide a facility to teach the youth of Zambia about ecology and wildlife conservation.
Volunteer work and contribution
During your time at the project, you will live in close contact with over 100 chimpanzees and other animals. You will get the chance to participate in a variety of tasks including:
Prepare chimpanzee and monkey/ baboon food for daily feedings and assist with feedings
Clean food buckets and boxes; return to food shed
Wash down food shed; clean and sort produce
Clean and fill water for geese and chickens.
Pick Lemons for chimpanzees from trees
Sweep and clean visitor areas
Assist with education programs at on site Education Centre.
Assist orphanage manager in other duties
Every day is different as animals rarely operate to our schedule - we ask that you remain flexible. The orphanages staff and volunteers start work each day at 7am and work through to 4pm, six days a week. You will have a rest day each week
Accommodation & food
While at Chimfunshi you will be provided with on-site dormitory style accommodation. This includes bed and bedding, toilets, showers & washing facilities, and very basic self catering cooking facilities. The project will also include cleaning services. The Education Centre located next to the accommodation is equipped with a power source (UK plugs) and charging of electrical equipment is possible during the day.
You will be provided with 3 catered meals per day.
There are a huge number of optional activities and trips that are available to during your placement. Here are just a few ideas:
At Victoria Falls itself, Africa's "adrenaline capital"; there are helicopter or microlight flights over the Falls; bungee jumping; white water rafting; horse rides; elephant rides; game drives; gorge jumps; skydiving; canoeing and many other opportunities.
Min age 18 - Max age 70
Good physical fitness
Motivation to work for nature and conservation
Full travel & medical insurance
Immunizations (please consult your doctor
To apply, see Chimpanzee Rehabilitation and Care