A hairy little baby

Elinas underbara resa till Chimufunshi Wildlife i Zambia.


Outside Chingola, a mining town on the Copper Belt, there’s an orphanage worth a visit. No, you won’t find any children running around there, because Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is dedicated to rescuing chimpanzees! It all began in 1983 as Sheila Siddle took in a rescued little baby chimp that she nursed back to health. Today Chimfunshi is a trust located on a 10 000 acre farm where 125 chimpanzees have been given a second chance at life. Sheila, who just celebrated her 84th birthday, is still very much involved with the work and when we took the family there last week we found her with a gorgeous little baby chimp hanging on to her. My children where amazed and my 11 month old boy wasn’t sure whether to be excited or scared but he sure was curios! It amazed me that chimps are so human like, you can see why…

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I was raised on a farm in Zambia. My Dad comes from Kalix in Sweden and my mother from what used to be a small village outside of Lusaka. I first moved to Sweden to study business. My experience and lessons learned today are from international business and development work primarily in Southern Africa but also from my passion for Africa, its people and vast craftsmanship.

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