Adopting a holistic approach to conservation, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) fights, protects and engages on behalf of chimpanzees and other endangered species.
DSWF works with ground-based project partners the Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC) in Guinea, who provide vital rescue, rehabilitation and release programmes for illegally trafficked chimps and local educational campaigns attempting to reduce the demand for local trade.
DSWF provides vital funds for the emergency rescue of chimps who have been captured, injured or escaped from the illegal wildlife trade. From vehicle hire to food for the rescuers and the chimp, DSWF supports CCC, giving these animals the best possible chance of survival.
DSWF also provides funding for a motorbike to ensure a dedicated and skilled member of CCC can rapidly deploy when news comes in of a chimp in need of rescue, or in response to undercover information of a possible illegal chimp transaction.
Through providing funds to CCC, DSWF supports the overall protection of chimpanzees, ensuring that rescued chimps are rehabilitated and released back into the wild and given a second chance at survival.
An essential part of preventing illegal wildlife trade comes from education and outreach to remote communities who can often see the industry as their only opportunity for income. Funding from DSWF directly supports CCC’s education initiatives, reaching these remote communities most likely to become involved in the illegal trade of chimpanzees, educating them about the dire legal consequences of chimp slaughter and capture.
Educators also work with the children of communities living alongside chimpanzees, teaching them the value of the species and the positive impact on the environment to ensure future generations grows up with a positive perception of wildlife and the natural world.
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