Protecting Chimpanzees

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

Project Report | May 19, 2023
Protecting Chimpanzees - May Update

By Jo B | Senior Fundraising Executive

Womens Recycling - Chimpanzee Conservation Centre
Womens Recycling - Chimpanzee Conservation Centre

To date, all four subspecies of chimpanzee are threatened with extinction due to habitat destruction, disease, and unsustainable levels of hunting and the illegal wildlife trade. Our ground-based conservation partners in Guinea have more than 60 chimpanzees under their care – mostly rescues from the illegal wildlife trade. The released chimpanzees are thriving, with six wild born babies who are continuing to grow and succeed at life in the wild.

The ongoing presence of the rangers in the Haut Niger National Park has proven to be successful in maintaining a healthy wild chimpanzee population. The national park (over 14,00km2), is one of seven priority sites for chimpanzee conservation in West Africa. In 2023, there are aims to expand the protected areas and our team on the ground are currently searching for new safe areas within the Guinean territory to release more groups of chimpanzees.

Unfortunately, our partners in Guinea are facing many challenges. Rising fuel prices and worsening exchange rates have meant costs of local commodities have risen dramatically, and political unrest continues, with strikes and protests throughout the country as Guinea remains without an elected leader making environmental and conservation activities more difficult to implement.

Despite this difficult environment, we are pleased to report the project’s activities have all remained on track, and in the case of the education program in particular, have expanded.

Our project’s activities to increase local awareness of environmental issues have increased of late, with the environmental radio show now broadcast twice a week with 45% of local people listening regularly. The project has also erected six billboards in the local town promoting environmental messages.

The education program has now expanded to the previously hard to reach villages to the north of High Niger National Park. 300 children from these communities started the full education program in November 2022. After three years of trying, finally bringing the program to these remote and poor northern villages will help these communities better manage their natural resources and allow them to benefit from the development projects that have improved the lives of so many in their neighbouring communities to the south. The teachers in the northern communities have shown great enthusiasm and appreciation for the arrival of the education program in their schools.

DSWF continues to support work with groups of local women producing recycled plastic bags. The women participated in a month-long training program to learn sewing techniques, which has significantly reduced the production cost of the shopping bags and other recycled items as they will no longer need to pay someone else to do the sewing. Training on entrepreneurship and financial literacy has also continued, as has the soap making project The programs continue to have a big impact on the women’s income and confidence.

Thank you for your generous support in helping us achieve these outcomes for conservation and communities.

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Chimpanzee Credit Matt Armstrong
Chimpanzee Credit Matt Armstrong
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Jan 18, 2023
Protecting Chimpanzees - January Update

By Jo B | Supporter Care

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Protecting Chimpanzees - September Update

By Jo B | Supporter Care & Database Executive

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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Location: Guildford, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Lawrence Avery
Guildford , Surrey United Kingdom

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