The German charity ‘Chimfunshi Verein zum Schutz bedrohter Umwelt e.V’ (Chimfunshi Association for the Protection of Threatened Environments) commits itself to the protection of endangered chimpanzees and
supports the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust in Zambia.
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust in Zambia, and the Chimfunshi e.V in Germany, work to preserve and develop Chimfunshi’s environmentally important conservation area within the framework of a general concept. This involves on the one hand protection of the chimpanzee species by providing a home to poached and orphaned chimpanzees and on the other, to protecting and conserving the indigenous environment and its flora and fauna.
The protection of the natural environment and its fauna and flora is an important part of the holistic concept of Chimfunshi – as is the support and development of the local community, including provision of child & adult education and training, employee career development and health care to Chimfunshi’s local community.
In 1988, the Hamburg entrepreneur Stephan Louis discovered the Chimfunshi sanctuary and became very closely engaged with it. In that same year, he founded the Chimfunshi e.V charity organisation in Germany and, in addition to many other donors, soon became the main financial supporter.
Stephan Louis died unexpectedly on 25th July 2011 aged 57. Since 2012, his brother Sebastian, who had visited Chimfunshi frequently with Stephan, has continued his late brother’s work as chairperson of Chimfunshi e.V.. He is as also chairperson of Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust, Zambia.