Protecting Chimpanzees

by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees

Thank you for supporting David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation through GlobalGiving. As well as providing you with your bi-annual Chimpanzee project report full of fantastic news and results of this project, we would also like to inform you about an exciting campaign.

Since last August, our ground-based conservation partners, the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre (CCC), received three orphan chimps confiscated by the authorities as victims of the pet trade. These three were called Sewa, Dali and Marco. Sewa was for sale and was confiscated just in time before a Chinese citizen could buy her. She was dressed like a little girl and was extremely depressed and scared of people. After her quarantine she was introduced to the juvenile group where the older females immediately took care of her like older sisters would do in the wild. It was a huge relief for Sewa to be back with other chimps. 

Dali was confiscated in October 2020 and even though he was in a good physical state, he was very depressed too. Our ground-based conservation partners took care of him during his strict 3 weeks quarantine but sadly he suddenly stopped eating and became very sick. After multiple vet visits, he finally recovered and gained his strength back. He was firstly introduced to Sewa and then the rest of the youngsters. He was very excited to be able to play with the males of the orphan group.

Marco was also in a very poor state upon arrival to the centre. Unfortunately, he had been shot during his capture, and his jaw was broken and infected. He required a lot of love and vet care by the CCC team. After his recovery in quarantine, he joined Sewa and Dali then the rest of the youngsters.

The orphan group are now a fit and healthy group of 12 young chimpanzees between 1 and 7 years old. They go out in the forest every day to get used to living in the wild and CCC hope to be able to release them back into the wild in the future. The current chimpanzee release group at CCC is doing very well in the wild with the addition of another two births recently.

CCC aim to create further release groups and are currently investigating another protected forest in the North of Guinea as a potential new release site. A first study was conducted in March and an extensive one will be carried out later this year to determine its viability. However, it is a huge challenge to find a suitable site to release chimpanzees due to the increase in human encroachment across Guinea which is why awareness and education programmes across Guinea are equally as important in protecting Chimpanzee populations long term.

How can you help this vital work continue?

This week GlobalGiving are hosting their annual Little by Little Campaign this means that all donations donated through GlobalGiving to David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation between Monday 13th and Friday 17th September will receive 50% match funding from GlobalGiving. So, if you donate £20 today to any of our projects, we receive £30, making your contribution work that little bit harder!

We are hugely grateful that you have chosen to support us to help turn the tide on extinction. Thank you.

Little by Little Campaign T’s and C’s

  • Campaign runs from Monday 13th to Friday 17th September.
  • Donations up to the amount of $50 / £36 will be match funded by 50%.
  • One donation per unique donor will be match funded.
  • New monthly donations set up this week will be 50% match funded and your 4th donation will be 100% matched!
  • All DSWF projects are eligable for match funding.
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Credit Josh Iremonger
Credit Josh Iremonger

The illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to chimpanzees, now listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List with an estimated remaining population of between 170,000 to 300,000 left in the wild. 

Infants are often captured for the exotic pet trade and the devastating reality of these captures is that for every individual infant taken, poachers will typically slaughter 10 chimpanzees to stop the protective adults from interfering in the capture. Other threats to chimps include the illegal bushmeat trade, human-wildlife conflict, habitat destruction, and disease.

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) works with ground-based conservation partners in Guinea, who provide vital rescue, rehabilitation, and release programmes for illegally trafficked chimps, as well as leading educational initiatives attempting to reduce local demand for bushmeat, to raise awareness about the serious consequences of the illegal wildlife trade and to mitigate retaliatory killings when chimpanzees enter communities surrounding the national park.

This year DSWF will continue to work with our ground-based conservation partners to promote human-chimpanzee coexistence through an education and a sustainable livelihood programme to Increase knowledge amongst local communities about the threats facing chimps and increase the number of livelihoods available that don’t rely on the encroachment of nature.

To learn more about our work with chimpanzees, please visit our website.

Thank you for supporting us in our work to turn the tide on extinction. 

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Thank you for choosing to protect chimpanzees in their natural habitat. You are helping our ground-based conservation partners across Africa adapt to the new challenges they are facing because of the pandemic.

COVID-19 has had significant impact to the work performed by our dedicated ground-based conservation partners, Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC), in Guinea’s High Niger National Park, with many educational activities having been paused or postponed.

As schools are closed, it has been much harder to engage local communities in chimpanzee conservation. However, thanks to donations from loyal DSWF supporters, some awareness campaigns and community projects have been able to continue.


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Thank you for supporting DSWF by donating to our chimpanzee projects.

Amongst the global uncertainty brought about by Covid-19, your support has never been more important as conservation projects grapple to deal with limited resources, reduced tourism and increasing levels of poaching. Despite the devastating impacts of Covid-19 on conservation efforts, DSWF have pledged to maintain full levels of support across our whole conservation portfolio. This will stretch us to our financial limits, but we have no other option!

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Thank you for donating to our Protecting Chimpanzees project. Your support is helping David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) fund the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre (CCC), our ground-based conservation partners who work to protect wild western chimpanzee populations.

The year 2020 has been fraught with challenges, in light of the global pandemic, which has forced us all to adapt, one way or another. Despite the difficulties we are now faced with, we are proud to say that our relationship is as strong as ever with our ground-based conservation partners and that our combined efforts are continuing to make a difference to some of the most world’s most vulnerable wildlife populations and communities living alongside them. We are incredibly grateful to the brave wildlife rangers, who even amid the current crisis, are risking their lives on the frontline of wildlife crime and working tirelessly to maintain their conservation efforts.

DSWF provides direct funding to CCC’s education program and to support their overall mission of carrying out vital rescue, rehabilitation and release programmes for illegally trafficked chimps and local awareness campaigns attempting to reduce the demand for local trade.


Your generosity, your impact:

Caring for these primates in the sanctuaries requires a great amount of dedication and funding from CCC’s partners, like DSWF. From the day a chimpanzee is rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, it can take up to 15 years before they are completely able to survive and thrive on their own in the wild.

Since 2008, CCC have successfully rescued, rehabilitated and released 16 chimps back into the wild and have many others in their care on their way back to their ultimate release back into the wild.

DSWF and CCC’s current project involve increasing education and community engagement around the main release sites and national park where CCC are operating, in attempts to dismantle the foundations of this illegal trade. We are pleased to say that since the start of the year, DSWF and CCC have funded for 350 children to receive a lesson every month, teaching them about the pressing chimpanzee conservation issues. DSWF’s funding has also helped established a ladies’ community group, providing women with more sustainable income, whereby they make wonderful creations from plastic bags.

Through long term conservation funding, DSWF is supporting CCC’s next steps and exciting future plans to develop and grow their education programme in order to implement a robust conservation curriculum within schools.

From everyone here at DSWF, thank you in advance for your support at such a critical time. With your help, DSWF can continue to fund CCC and their incredible work to protect the western chimpanzee.


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Location: Guildford, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Theo Bromfield
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