‘They say you’ll never forget where you were and what you were doing at momentous occasions in your life, but I honestly can’t recall the circumstances of October 1983. I don’t remember if it was cloudy or sunny; I don’t know if I was working in the garden or feeding the geese. I’m not even sure what time it was. All I know is that I held a dying chimpanzee in my arms that day and it changed my life forever’. Sheila Siddles opening paragraph to her book ‘In my Family Tree’. How Chimfunshi chimpanzee sanctuary was founded Badly wounded and rescued from poachers who were caught trying to smuggle him in from what was then ‘Zaire’, ‘Pal’ became the name of Chimfunshi’s first ever rescue chimp and he went on to become the legacy for what is now the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the world, Chimfunshi. Once just a rural cattle farm, word spread quickly about the Siddle family and their ability to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals and before they knew it, animals (mostly chimps) were arriving on their doorstep and the empathy and compassion of the Siddles did not allow them to turn any away! Over 100 chimpanzees have been rescued from poachers, dilipated zoos and circuses from around the world and brought to Chimfunshi – to live out their lives in peace and serenity and in the closest environment to their natural habitat as possible. The Kafue River runs right through Chimfunshi’s property and the vast expanse of the land with endless skies above, will make you feel like you have stepped back in time into a place of unclaimed land and raw, African beauty! Four huge enclosures have been built over the years as well as an orphanage for the younger orphaned chimps. Wildlife conservation volunteers help Chimfunshi’s chimpanzees Chimfunshi relies heavily on donations and the help of volunteers to keep the sanctuary running. As a volunteer you would assist Chimfunshi relies heavily on donations and the help of volunteers to keep the sanctuary running. As a volunteer you would assist with making Chimfunshi more visitor friendly, improve infrastructure, give the permanently enclosed chimps more stimulation, help the keepers with food preparation for the semi wild chimps in the enclosures and help with research and farming initiatives and general maintenance involved in the running of the World’s largest Chimpanzee Sanctuary! Once a week volunteers go on a bush walk with the chimps from the orphanage to help provide stimulation for the orphaned chimps, missing a parent figure and therefore needing us to step in and provide this nurturing for them. For the duration of your placement, you will have the full support and guidance from our onsite project manager.