During her summer tour of Africa, Jane spent time at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) in the Republic of Congo. For more than 20 years, the Institute has worked to ensure the well-being of orphaned and abandoned chimpanzees confiscated by Congolese authorities as part of their efforts to combat the illegal commercial bushmeat and pet trades. JGI cares for these confiscated chimpanzees at TCRC, the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa.
After her successful Rotary appearance in Portugal, Jane left for an extended African tour. She made stops in South Africa and Tanzania and then traveled to Uganda. On July 9, while at Uganda’s Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Jane released 17 African Grey Parrots. In April of 2010, the birds were confiscated after being illegally shipped to Bulgaria. Jane was delighted to be on hand to watch the birds’ return to the wilds of Africa!
If you’ve been wondering what Jane has been up to this week, you’ve come to the right place! Jane and members of the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global team took part in Rotary’s 104th International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.
Last week, Jane attended The Observer Ethical Awards in London where she presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Lenny Henry.
Over the weekend, Jane and Simon Jackson, a member of the Jane Goodall Institute-Canada board and founder of The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, were listed among the Top 100 Guardian Angels of the Planet by the French group Founding Congress for the World Green Games. The Top 100 Guardian Angels of the Planet are recognized for empowering children to care for the environment.
For the last decade, the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has provided highly motivated and dedicated young leaders throughout the United States with the training, resources and opportunities they need to develop into community leaders who create positive change in their own backyards and around the world. These youth leaders emerge at the forefront of the next generation of responsible global citizens, working to protect and improve communities for people, animals, and the environment we all share.
Over the last six months, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has made a huge splash throughout the state of Colorado by empowering educators to get involved in Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and helping them implement service-learning campaigns in their classrooms.
On June 2, 2013, Jane met with a choir of 800 children in Perugia, Italy, in the city’s Piazza IV Novembre. Throughout the school year, the children took part in Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots and studied Jane’s life and work.
The dense forest of Tchindzoulou Island is now home to 14 chimpanzees transferred from the original Tchimpounga sanctuary site over the last six months. Life has changed dramatically for these chimps. Today, they can roam freely, feeling the wet earth under their feet, smelling the scents from the lush vegetation, and listening to the island’s mysterious sounds while they explore their new surroundings.