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Chimp eden

Jane Goodall Institute Chimp Eden



Situated within the beautiful 1,000 hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve, 15

kilometres outside Nelspruit, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa

Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their

natural habitats in Africa.


Chimp Eden was established in 2006 and is the first and only chimpanzee

sanctuary in South Africa.  This JGI chimpanzee sanctuary brings the world of

chimpanzees closer to humanity through education end eco-tourism.


chimpThe chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes) is considered to be the closest relative to

humans and is “Endangered’ under a strict application of the IUCN Red List

Criteria (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and is listed in

Appendix 1 of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered

Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).  Chimpanzees in the wild may be extinct

within the next 10 - 20 years if current trends cannot be reversed.


The goal of the chimpanzee sanctuary is to rescue chimpanzees that have

survived the bush meat trade, been orphaned, traded in the illegal pet market,

or rescued from being traumatised for entertainment in circuses, beach resorts

and night clubs.


edenThe chimpanzees at Chimp Eden are the lucky ones, living out their lives in a

risk free environment and being provided with the necessary attention to

recover from the trauma they have experienced. The chimpanzees spend

their days in semi-wild enclosures, and show normal social interaction and

behavioural patterns as group members. There are currently three different

chimp groups and enclosures at the South African sanctuary.  There are

viewpoints overlooking the forest and “foraging areas’ from which visitors and

volunteers can observe and study the chimpanzees.


edenFounded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr Goodall's pioneering

research on chimpanzee behaviour. This research transformed scientific

perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals.  The South

African chimpanzee sanctuary is proud to be part of the Jane Good Institute,

which is a global leader in the effort to conserve and preserve endangered

species and habitats, and in particular chimpanzees.


Guided tours take place three times a day, every day of the year (weather permitting),

when the chimp tour guide talks about chimpanzees, the sanctuary, and introduces

the individual chimps and their stories - from the safety of the viewing points.

Tour times: 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 hrs. Price: R 185,- per person. For reservations

call: +27 (0) 79 777 1514.  www.chimpeden.com


From Nelspruit take the R40 to Barberton. After approx. 12 km you will see a sign on the left side. Just follow the

signs of Chimp Eden to the entrance.


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