In the News
On September 22, 2011, Jane gave the opening keynote address at the annual AARP convention in Los Angeles. An estimated 8,000 people attended the session! While backstage, Jane met actress and comedienne Carol Burnett.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced September 1, 2011, that the agency will begin reviewing the status of chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act. The review process ultimately will determine whether the U.S. government provides the same level of protection for chimpanzees that are captive in the United States as it does for wild chimpanzees.
Below is a statement Dr. Jane Goodall submitted yesterday to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. She urged reauthorization of legislation that would extend federal support for critical great ape conservation projects until the year 2016.
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is mourning the passing of Dr. Toshisada Nishida. Dr. Nishida, a leader in Japanese primatology, began studying the behavior of the wild chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains in Tanzania in 1965, just five years after Dr. Goodall embarked upon her pioneering field study at what is today Gombe National Park. In 1985, Dr. Nishida led the effort to establish the Mahale Mountains as a Tanzanian national park.
In the Republic of Congo, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) recently assisted the Congolese Ministry of Health in its efforts to vaccinate local communities against a measles outbreak in the area surrounding the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve. The reserve serves as a protected area for wild chimpanzees and also contains JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC), the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa.
JGI staff braved waist-high waters while conducting surveys of the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve.