Given the urgency of the matter, we have decided to dedicate this year’s Giving Day for Apes campaign to raise funds to expand the handling facility for our chimps at enclosure no. 2, home to Zsabu, “The Littles”, Mikey, Peppa, Violet, Don and 50 other resident chimpanzees.
This is the largest stable chimpanzee group in a captive / semi captive setting in the world.
Like chimpanzees in the wild the group has a fission-fusion social organisation in that they break off into smaller interchangeable groups. Our 80 ha (200 acres) outdoor enclosure allows them to perform their natural behaviour perfectly well. But the handling facility does not, making this expansion and upgrade urgently needed as the current building is not adequate for the group's size and requirements.
Our indoor handling facility has several areas, which are used for supplementary feeding, for social integration, health observations and for urgent medical care if required. The majority of Chimfunshi’s chimpanzees spend most of their time outside in the forest as they would in the wild. They ‘visit’ the indoor handling facilities for approximately 90 minutes per day - up to their likings.
This will enable us to 1) ensure equal feeding & veterinary attention of each chimpanzee within the group; 2) observe all individuals within the group regularly; 3) allow upkeep of the outdoor habitat, as it becomes difficult and unsafe to carry out maintenance works in the enclosure if all chimpanzees cannot go into the handling facility; 4) allow low ranking animals to access the handling facility without contact with high rankings; and 5) allow natural separation (fission) of individual groups as their wish (choice).
|$50+||✔||construction of a New Handling Facility|
|$6||✔||1kg welding rods|
|$8||✔||1 ton of sand|
|$20||✔||1 package screw nails 3"|
|$35||✔||1kg angle iron|
|$40||✔||100kg 6” blocks|
|$270||✔||1 of eight metal sliding doors|
$100+ can be the kick off to become a Chimfunshi supporter. As an orphanage supporter you determine the amount of your donation. The minimum amount to be considered a supporter is $100/year.
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📷 The photos on this page are by courtesy of Jake Brooker and Thalita Calvi.