Recently, several European offices of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) including the Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands and Switzerland worked collaboratively to support JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo through each of their Chimpanzee Guardian Programs. After securing three islands in the Kouilou River for the next phase of our sanctuary build out, the staff at Tchimpounga have been working tirelessly to advance expansion efforts while still maintaining day to day operations. Tchimpounga is home to more than 160 chimpanzees, many of whom are orphaned, and require JGI’s care around the clock.
The teams from JGI’s European offices purchased supplies necessary for the expansion, such as solar panels, batteries, wiring, nails and numerous types of insulators. All of these items were used to help complete the electric fencing around the sanctuary and to keep the chimpanzees safe from outside threats. The offices also purchased plastic shovels for cleaning and stackable crates to aid in daily operations at the sanctuary.
This past summer, during Dr. Goodall’s visit to Republic of Congo, she helped in the release of Wounda, a chimpanzee at the sanctuary who now calls Tchindzoulou, one of the three islands, her new home. You too can help chimpanzees like Wounda by donating to the Jane Goodall Institute, which supports important programs like Tchimpounga.
A big thank you goes out to JGI’s European offices for their support and to all of our 27 JGI offices, who are fulfilling Dr. Goodall’s vision and JGI’s mission!