Zimbabwe-based Chipangali Wildlife Trust is one of Africa's largest and most successful wildlife rehabilitation, conservation and education organizations.
Since it's founding in 1973 by the late Viv and Paddy Wilson, Chipangali, meaning "open friendly place" in the Chinyanja language, has offered a home to thousands of orphaned, abandoned and sick wild animals. When possible, rescued animals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
The Trust has two other main objectives: wildlife research and public awareness.
With support from the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Zoo Future for Wildlife program and other AZA-accredited zoos, the Chipangali Carnivore Research Institute works to better understand and manage natural ecosystems and biodiversity in Zimbabwe through research and monitoring. Current projects focus on:
- Leopards: study of distribution, feeding habits, home range and movement within Matobo National Park
- Brown hyenas: study of distribution, feeding habits, home range and movement within Matobo National Park
- Leopard and brown hyena impacts on livestock in surrounding areas
Chipangali helps conserve Zimbabwe's wildlife by connecting communities – especially children - to their natural heritage. Outreach efforts include:
- Operating the Diana Princess of Wales Children's Education Center at the Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage
- Leading visits to the Wildlife Orphanage where children and visitors can observe and learn about many species not easily seen in the wild
- Highlighting the need for wildlife conservation and management through partnerships with local universities
- Giving Zimbabwean children access to environmental education through Chipangali's EPIC Kids Program (Environmental Programs Involving Children).
The Oregon Zoo has supported Chipangali for more than a decade. For updates on Chipangali's wildlife orphanage, research projects and public awareness efforts, visit their website or like them on Facebook.