Chimp Eden – the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa

We are proud to support the Chimp Eden sanctuary run by the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa. Established in 2006, this very special safe haven is home to chimpanzees rescued from across Africa who have survived the wild meat trade, been orphaned, sold in illegal pet markets, or used as entertainment in circuses, beach resorts and night clubs.

Situated within the beautiful 1,000 hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve (15 kilometres outside Nelspruit, Mpumalanga), Chimp Eden offers a natural environment for the rescued chimps to be rehabilitated with the help of their dedicated carers. They learn to live in social groups with other chimps and re-learn skills, such as tree climbing and foraging for food.

Chimp Eden (a member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance) is home to 33 chimpanzees. 31 were confiscated from illegal situations and two were born at the sanctuary, including precious Baby Amari who arrived as a total surprise in 2017, as the sanctuary team had no idea that her mother Bazia was expecting!  The chimpanzees are divided into three social groups of mixed gender and have access to large outside enclosures and safe night quarters.