Barbara Calvo Match Gift Fund

Challenge:  Accepted and Completed!


Members of the JGI community came together in response to a challenge from Barbara Calvo, a member of Jane’s Peak Society. We needed to raise $35,000 to support construction on Tchibebe Island.  Barbara committed to matching whatever we raised dollar for dollar up to $35,000. Barbara’s challenge lasted through the month of June and was a huge success. In just four weeks, JGI raised $45,000 to support development of the Tchibebe Island site.

However, there is still a long way to go: To complete Tchibebe, we need to raise an additional $270,000. The success of this campaign is a great way to kick off our fundraising efforts.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the campaign—and a special thanks to Barbara for issuing the challenge and for leading JGI’s charge to raise money for this critical project.



About the Match

As a member of Jane’s Peak Society, Barbara Calvo was invited to join the Jane Goodall Institute this past February on the inaugural trip to experience JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Republic of Congo.  While at Tchimpounga, Barbara observed infant chimpanzees in the nursery enclosure, participated in JGI’s reforestation and education programs, and toured the island expansion site at Tchindzoulou and Tchibebe Islands on the Kouilou River.

While visiting Tchindzoulou Island, Barbara watched as chimpanzee Vitika was released, joining the community of 11 chimpanzees currently living on the island.  She was inspired to see these chimps, victims of the exotic pet and bushmeat trades, roaming the forested island, climbing trees, and eating wild fruits. 

Barbara was so moved by her experience that she has offered to match gifts supporting the next phase of the expansion, Tchibebe Island.  Barbara is matching all gifts dollar for dollar up to $35,000 through June 30. 

The Jane Goodall Institute thanks Barbara for her generosity and leadership in taking action for the chimpanzees at Tchimpounga.


Tchibebe Island

Tchibebe Island is the next priority for the Tchimpounga Expansion Project.  Tchibebe Island is the smallest of the three islands, and will have one primary enclosure and a small hospital yard.  Once the project is complete, Tchibebe will house 30 chimpanzees.

The Institute has already made great progress on the Tchibebe construction project, mapping and plans are completed, and the dormitory is nearly finished, with only $3,000 remaining out of a $100,000 total dormitory construction budget. 

JGI needs an additional $350,000 to finish construction on Tchibebe and transfer chimpanzees to their new home.  These funds will enable JGI to build structures like the food preparation building and security fencing, secure critical galvanized paneling, and purchase all the equipment and materials required to transfer 30 chimpanzees to the island.

Tchibebe has 17 hectares of dense forest.  The community there will be made up of male adolescent chimps between the ages of 10 and 15.  Many of the chimpanzees slated for transfer to Tchibebe currently live in one of the smallest enclosures at the current sanctuary site.  Some of Tchibebe’s chimps must even stay in the dormitory permanently because they are Tchimpounga’s escape artists, so we need to transfer them as soon as possible.

Timi (left) and Petit Prince (right) are ready to move to Tchibebe