Adopt a Chimpanzee

In the last six years, chimpanzee populations have altered drastically, with over 14,000 lost to the illegal wildlife trade. With one chimpanzee being poached every four hours to satisfy consumer demand.

Adopt a chimpanzee today, and help our trained professionals at David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) as we:

  • Fight for an end to the illegal wildlife trade and reduce the demand for chimpanzees as pets.
  • Protect future generations of chimpanzees by rescuing illegally trafficked chimps.
  • Engage school groups living alongside chimps to foster a more positive perception of wildlife and the natural world.

Adopting a chimpanzee can be a perfect gift to any friends and families. With your help, we can help protect this endangered species and prevent them being captured and forced into a life of suffering in captivity.

What’s included?

  • A personalised certificate, species fact sheet, animal bio sheet and photo.
  • Wildlife Matters magazine.
  • A beautiful chimpanzee sketch print by wildlife artist Mandy Shepherd.
  • Optional unique hand knitted toy made by Little Ndaba, a women’s community group in Zambia.

Adoption packs are only available to be posted within the UK. Alternatively you can opt to receive a digital adoption pack via sent email.

How your adoption could help chimpanzees

Just £3 per month (or £36 per year) could help protect and preserve key chimpanzee habitats in the High Niger National Park.

Only £5 per month (or £47 per year) could help engage adults and children in Guinea to raise awareness and promote human wildlife co-existence.

With £10 per month (or £60 per year) alternative livelihood programmes could be developed, empowering local communities to live sustainable lives.

Meet our Chimpanzee species ambassador, Kivili

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Image credit: Josh Iremonger

Kivili and a population of western chimpanzees live in Guinea’s High Niger National Park. Being omnivores, they spend much of their time feeding on a wide variety of food including; fruit, nuts, seeds, insects and sometimes meat.

Chimps act as vital seed dispersers for Africa’s rainforests, assisting with tree germination by consuming fruits and nuts. If chimpanzees, like Kivili, go extinct, this will have dire consequences on Africa’s forest ecosystems. 

The Guinea High Niger National Park is home to around 500 western chimps. Making it one of seven top priority sites for chimpanzee conservation in West Africa. Kivili is lucky to live in an area where he is protected, and conservationists are working to protect him, thanks to your adoption.

Why your adoption is so important

DSWF has rescued and protected western chimpanzees since 2018. Whilst eastern chimpanzees (made famous by Dr Jane Goodall) are exceptionally well-studied, western chimps require more conservation attention.

Chimpanzees, along with bonobos, are man’s closest living relatives, we share 98% of DNA with chimpanzees but with human population growth, we are struggling to share resources as we encroach on vital chimpanzee habitats. Unfortunately Human encroachment into the forest means chimps are now threatened by the localised bushmeat trade and human borne diseases like Ebola.

The biggest threat to chimpanzees is the illegal wildlife trade. Wild infant chimps are often taken from their mothers and captured for the exotic pet trade, whilst also being threatened by hunting. A disturbing reality of these captures is that for every individual infant taken, poachers will typically slaughter 10 wild chimpanzees to stop the protective adults interfering in the capture.

We aim to dispatch postal orders within 7 working days of purchase. Postal orders are sent with Royal Mail standard 2nd class and may be affected by Royal Mail Strike action. Tracking is unavailable. International delivery is unavailable. Please order by 15th December for delivery in time for Christmas.