Skinny, Zambia

Skinny is approx. 10 years old and lives at a chimpanzee sanctuary, Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust, in Northern Zambia. Skinny was found on the private land of the sanctuary by the General Manager, Innocent, 9 years ago in a really bad health condition. As his name says, he was so skinny that you could see his ribs and vertebrates of his all body, with a perfect hole in his right ear (some say from a bullet and others from a cow identification tag – we will never know), starving and afraid of everything. Skinny was a poacher´s dog and we think he used to hunt in this area. It is not known how he became separated, maybe he was lost during a hunt, left behind or abandoned by the hunter, but luckily Skinny found his way onto the property of Chimfunshi and never left.  Skinny was scared of everyone and hid in an old guards hut until he could trust his new surrounds. The staff left food and fresh water close by, and slowly built up a bond and trust with Skinny.

Today, Skinny is not skinny anymore, more pleasantly plump, happy and so loved by everybody who lives or comes to Chimfunshi. He enjoys every little thing, every cuddle and all the attention, relaxed and peaceful, loving the life he always deserved. “Skinny is like the furniture for Chimfunshi, he is part of us now”

 Skinny, Chimfunshi, Zambia


Loving the floodplain
Ready for bed time
Exhausted after running through the high grass
Trying to catch the squirrels that eat the dead moths
Happy Skinny
Enjoying the sun
At the sunset with the local kids
With his buddy Zeus at the floodplain

Author: SOL

Nomad with my rescued Zambian dog living in a Landcruiser"98