Meet Ian our fantastic project manger at the chimpanzee orphan rehabilitation center in Zambia. Since African Impact took over in April Ian has done some incredible work. Working on conservation projects in the past, Ian quickly applied his knowledge and had some great success... hear the latest news from Ian: Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, in Northern Zambia, is the largest Chimpanzee sanctuary in the world and is home to over 120 chimpanzees which have been rescued from dilapidated zoos, smugglers, bars, circuses and owners who can no longer look after them. Looking after 120 chimpanzees is hard work and finding food for them is a constant challenge. Chimfunshi still relies, to a large degree, on donations of food or money in order to feed the chimpanzees but there is a new drive to become more self-sufficient and no longer rely on this. An extra piece of land has been purchased by Chimfunshi Wildlife trust and crops such as cabbage, sweet potato, tomatoes and groundnuts are grown. There is a herd of over 500 cattle which are being bred and once the herd is large enough, the calves can be sold and money used to help with running costs and chimpanzee food. African Impact would like to contribute towards the sustainability and self-sufficiency of Chimfunshi and have started a new fruit tree nursery. The aim is to propagate both indigenous and exotic fruit trees. The exotic fruit trees, such as mangoes, avocadoes, guavas will be planted in orchards and the fruits harvested can be used to feed the chimpanzees. The indigenous trees such as Monkey oranges, Fig trees, ‘Ntungulu’ will be planted within the enclosures to provide the chimpanzees with supplementary fruits they can harvest themselves. African Impact Volunteers have been busy the last few months planting seeds, propagating and once big enough, transferring the seedlings into bags. At present we have over 200 mango, avocado and guava trees and the fig, monkey orange and Ntungulu have started to sprout in the seedling beds. They are then watered and looked after by volunteers and will be planted just before the first rains (November) to give them a good boost to hopefully grow and become well established enough to survive the next dry season. It will take a few more years before they start bearing fruit but once they do it will help reduce food costs considerably and contribute to Chimfunshi’s sustainability. If this sound like exciting work you would like to be involved with contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org Or Read more about the Chimpanzee & Wildlife Orphan Care Project in more detail.