Steve and Anna with armfuls of orphaned primates

Celebrating Milestones

A celebration and donation for Anna’s work and life


Anna Tolan founded Chipembele, alongside her husband Steve, 20 years ago. She is an incredibly hardworking, visionary and compassionate person. Those of us who know her are in awe of her patience, practicality and perseverance. She always eschews the lime-light, preferring instead to focus her love and light on the work she has taken up to…  teach Zambian children and communities the value of wildlife and their environment so they may be conserved for present and future generations. 

On the occasion of her 60h Birthday  – 31 August 2018 – her dedicated staff and friends have decided to surprise her by posting this celebration of Anna to say thank you to our friend, manager, leader and inspiration for being who she is, solidly, day-in and day-out, year-in and year-out. Anna, you are loved and admired.

Please help us celebrate Anna’s amazing achievements – 20 years of Chipembele, bringing hope for young people and giving wildlife a chance in the South Luangwa and 60 years of being, of making a difference.

Thank you Anna for all you do and being you!

Help us wish her a Happy Birthday and congratulations for 20 years of solid achievement. Make a celebratory donation here, you can also leave a short message.


Anna’s Birthday
& 20th Chipembele Anniversary


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Steve and Anna with armfuls of orphaned primates

Chipembele Trust Founders and Directors

Anna and Steve Tolan

Steve and Anna Tolan were married in 1983 and lived in Oxford, England until they emigrated in 1998. Before moving to Zambia they were both Police Officers with the Thames Valley Police but in their private lives Africa was their passion. They went on African safaris, bought old African tribal artifacts, read African wildlife and travel books and watched and recorded every African wildlife video that appeared on the television. Steve retired from the Police in 1998 after 27 years service and Anna resigned at the same time after 17 years service. They then moved to Zambia to set up their lifetime dream of establishing a conservation education programme for local children in a wildlife-community conflict area.

Anna has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the 1970s and is pleased to be at long last able to put her life long interest to good use. She has developed her interest in and love of animals by rearing orphaned wild animals that are brought to her from all over the area. She runs a Pupil Sponsorship Scheme for orphaned and otherwise vulnerable children who are unable to find the fees and uniform necessary to attend school or pursue tertiary education. She has also managed a large number of school improvement projects using donated funds. She is the founder and co-ordinator of the Luangwa Schools Project Forum.

Steve is is the Senior Honorary Wildlife Police Officer for the Mfuwe area. He is actively involved in anti-poaching and forest protection operations, working with both the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Conservation South Luangwa (CSL). Steve’s particular interest is researching fossils, old pottery, stone tools etc. in the area. He has made a number of important discoveries and has inspired and facilitated a number of international palaeontological expeditions which the Zambia Heritage Department has participated in. Both Anna and Steve represent Chipembele in a seat on the Board of Trustees for CSL. They are also Consular Wardens for the British High Commission.

The Luangwa Valley is their permanent home and all the projects they now run have become an integral part of their lives.