The Chimp Eden sanctuary, managed by the Jane Goodall Institute, was established in 2006 and is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. Located in the beautiful...
The Chimp Eden sanctuary, managed by the Jane Goodall Institute, was established in 2006 and is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. Located in the beautiful nature reserve of Umhloti, this sanctuary is home to chimpanzees that have been removed from their natural habitats in Africa. The goal of the sanctuary is to rescue chimpanzees from the meat and illegal pet trade or who were orphaned.
The sanctuary is made up of large-scale fenced enclosures. However, on April 25 2014, two adult chimpanzees (Nikki and Amadeus) managed to escape through a fence and attacked a member of staff. As a result the South African authorities have decreed that the Sanctuary must build a new reinforced enclosure to house these chimpanzees, without which the only solution will be to euthanize them.
Faced with severe financial difficulties, the sanctuary does not have the resources to comply with the decision of the authorities and called for all international partners to assist in this goal.
As the coordinator of the Jane Goodall's youth program Roots & Shoots in Portugal, the Portuguese Society for Humane Education (SPEdH) will assist in fundraising to build the new enclosure and save Nikki and Amadeus.