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JGI and the new Sustainable Development Goals

On September 21, Dr. Jane Goodall spoke before a hushed room at the United Nations in honor of the annual International Day of Peace. In her speech, Dr.

Disneynature Exhibit at D23 EXPO 2015 Highlights Work at Tchimpounga Sanctuary

Each year since 2009, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has gathered Disney enthusiasts to experience, "all the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment at the Anaheim Convention Center.  This year at D23, a Disneynature exhibit highlights the impacts of their support to wildlife conservation around the globe and their efforts to draw the attention of families everywhere to the wonders of nature and the importance of protecting it. 


JGI's Peter Apell honored with GRASP-Ian Redmond Award

The Jane Goodall Institute's stellar wildlife veterinarian and Uganda Field Programs Manager, Dr. Peter Apell, has received the GRASP-Ian Redmond Award for his 15 years working on the frontline of great ape conservation. Apell uses his expertise to train other veterinarians on caring for both wild chimpanzees and those captive at sanctuaries.

Brothers & Sisters: Gombe's Siblings

Just like human children, chimpanzee siblings will play, squabble and compete for the attention of their mother. Often, the bond between siblings will last for years.

From "Pet" to Protected: Chembo's Story

Chembo knows what it is to feel trapped. The chimpanzee lived alone for six years in a cramped cage as a “pet” in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Unable to climb or walk, incapable of socializing or playing, Chembo’s legs atrophied over the years, wasting away her natural strength.

The Famous Chimps of Gombe

Written By: Elodie Freymann
Over the course of her life, Dr. Jane Goodall has observed and recorded the habits of many of the wild chimpanzees living in Gombe National Park. When Jane first arrived in 1960, little was known about the complexities of primate behavior. Though Jane made many remarkable discoveries during her first few years in the field, one of her most ground-breaking realizations was that chimpanzees experience emotions previously believed to be uniquely human. Through years of patient observation and thorough research, Dr.

5 Ways IUCN's New Great Apes Conservation Plan Aligns with JGI's Mission

A glossy white billboard soars above young children’s heads bearing larger-than-life images of a chimpanzee and a gorilla under the declaration Protect the Chimpanzees and Gorillas: The Congo’s Heritage for Future Generations. Connecting the images of the two apes, with their matching brilliant black coats of fur and proud gazes off into the distance, is a small flag of the Republic of Congo.

Update: Tchimpounga’s Island Sanctuary Sites

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has been working to ready three islands in the Kouilou River for the transfer of 100 chimpanzees currently living at Tchimpounga. On these islands, chimpanzees live in a much more natural, forested environment while still receiving care from Tchimpounga staff.

Recent Science Roundup

After over 50 years of studying wild chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania, as well as 20 years worth of research at JGI's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Congo, scientists continue to discover new and exciting facts about our closest living relatives. In this recent science roundup, we share some of the more exciting discoveries from the past few months.



Tchimpounga Mandrills Successfully Released Back Into Wild

The Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga sanctuary is home to over 100 primates — but did you know that not all of those primates are chimpanzees?
Tchimpounga has undertaken the care and rehabilitation of a number of rescued mandrills. Mandrills are intelligent, social and one of the most colorful mammals in the world. Unfortunately, they are also endangered.
Mbote and her new infant, born in the wild. Photo Credit: Brad Mckenzie.

JGI and Partners Move to the Next Stage to Develop an Unprecedented Chimpanzee Habitat Monitoring System

In 2012, JGI set the ambitious 30-year goal of protecting with partners chimpanzees in countries that currently cover 85 percent of chimpanzees and their habitats in Africa. One of chimpanzees’ greatest threats is the loss of their habitat. As human populations expand, so too do their need for resources, which in turn threatens forests and woodlands where chimpanzees live.

Baraka: A Gombe Field Assistant

Baraka has been working at the Gombe Stream Research Center as a Research Assistant for 15 years. On an average day he collects data on chimpanzees in the field, painstakingly recording every action of each chimpanzee he has been tasked with observing. This B-record data may be used in future studies, books, and/or films aimed at teaching us more about chimpanzees and their social structure.


Update: Tchimpounga's Island Expansion

The Tchimpounga Island Expansion project encompasses three islands in the Kouilou River: Ngombe, Tchibebe and Tchindzoulou.

How Tchimpounga Is Saving Wild Chimpanzees


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Saving Chimps From Snares (Graphic Images)!

This is the story of Mugu Moja, a young juvenile chimpanzee.