Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives. Found in forests across central Africa, chimps are highly intelligent, live in complex social groups, and work together to perform a variety of tasks from hunting to looking after young. Communication is via facial expression and a series of sounds and gestures.
Classed as Endangered according to the IUCN’s Red List, wild chimpanzee populations have experienced a significant decline over the last 30 years which is set to continue in the future if drastic action isn’t taken. Outbreaks of contagious diseases such as Ebola and anthrax, along with poaching, hunting for bushmeat and habitat loss are just some of threats chimpanzees face.
Young chimpanzees remain dependent on their mothers for up to 10 years of age. As a result, when adults are killed for bushmeat, offspring are often taken and sold as exotic pets.
Help care for chimpanzees in need with an animal adoption, and you'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, personalised certificate and glossy photo. Plus, we’ll send you our Adopt magazine twice a year with updates on all our wildlife adoptions – perfect for animal lovers.
Adoptions last one year (those paid by monthly direct debit roll over until cancelled).
Chimpanzee populations have suffered due to the destruction of their natural habitat where vast swathes of forest have been cleared for logging, palm oil and mining activities. In West Africa, more than 80% of the region’s forest cover has been lost. Better access to the forest via roads means hunters can easily remove orphaned babies to be sold internationally. As a result, remaining chimpanzee populations become more vulnerable and isolated.
Females reach sexual maturity around 13-14 years. Coupled with a low birth rate, this makes chimpanzees extremely vulnerable to high mortality rates, as numbers are slow to recover. Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Ebola, anthrax and respiratory disease also take their toll.
Human activity continues to threaten chimpanzee numbers, making the need for law enforcement and conservation projects to protect their long-term future more important than ever.
Funds from your adoption will help care for rescued orphaned chimps in Born Free-supported sanctuaries in Uganda and Cameroon.
You can make a difference to a wild animal by adopting one of our chimpanzees below.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
Sir David Attenborough
Your money will help:
Rescue, care and support chimps in two sanctuaries
Support wild chimpanzee projects
Provide the lifetime care for other rescued chimpanzees
Mitigate the threats around the trade in wild chimpanzees and the bushmeat trade
Any additional funds will be used to lobby for the safeguarding of chimpanzee populations in the future
We will process and send your order within 3 working days, and would normally expect it to arrive within 7 working days to addresses within the UK. All UK orders are sent via Royal Mail 2nd class delivery. Please allow 28 days for delivery on overseas orders. Please note – we cannot hold orders for delivery on a specific date.
Orders do not need to be signed for, but come in a box which won’t fit through the letterbox so you will need to be available to accept the delivery. A card will be left if you’re unavailable.
The adoption certificate can be personalised with the name of your choice, and delivery arranged to a separate address.
Call our customer support team on 01403 240170.