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What's Up in the World of Chimpanzees?

Welcome to the newsest Jane Goodall Institute blog. Check back daily for a round-up of the most important and fascinating news about chimpanzees and other great apes. If you know of interesting chimp news, send it here.

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.

 

 

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