African Impact have just been announced as the BRAND NEW on-the-ground operators of the Chimpanzee & Wildlife Orphan Care Project, re-launching March 2012! Chimpanzees are native to Equatorial Africa, and once roamed in their millions across 25 countries in Western, Central and Eastern Africa. But relentless poaching, logging, habitat destruction, and human encroachment have reduced the wild population to less than an estimated 150,000, and they are now classified as an Endangered Species. On the headwaters of the Kafue River, sixty kilometers west of Chingola, lies the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. The Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in central Zambia is a non-profit refuge for chimpanzees that had been saved from poachers or circuses. With over a hundred chimpanzees, it is now the largest chimp rehabilitation sanctuary in the world. African Impact have recently joined up with Chimfunshi to coordinate a volunteer programme at the sanctuary, offering supporters around the world the opportunity to assist with the care and feeding of orphaned chimpanzees. As a volunteer, you will be involved in the daily care-taking of the chimpanzees and other animals. You will interact with the young chimps at the orphanage, record the animals' behaviour for research purposes, and assist with feeding all the animals. You will also be involved in educating Zambian children on chimpanzees and the need to save this endangered species - a unique way to contribute to the conservation of these endangered species! “This is an important step forward for the long-term stability and success of Chimfunshi. Volunteers play such an important role in not only the day-to-day operations of a sanctuary, but also by serving ambassadors for a project.” Doug Cress, a member of the Chimfunshi board of trustees. This project will be operating from March 2012, with placements available for 2/4/6 weeks. For more information on the Chimpanzee & Wildlife Orphan Care Project or to BOOK NOW! please click HERE!