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This week, Dr. Jane Goodall presented a keynote address on Capitol Hill and made new friends among federal policymakers during meetings with:
Tax Relief Job Creation Act Allows Qualified IRA Charitable Distribution
Deadline — Distribution must be made by January 31, 2011 to qualify for 2010 tax return
If you are 70½ or older, recent legislation allows you to make cash gifts totaling up to $100,000 from your traditional or Roth IRA to qualified charities without incurring income tax on the withdrawal.
On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake occurred near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, destroying much of the nation’s infrastructure and killing thousands. Young people in Haiti were separated from their families, lost their schools, community centers and their homes.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has confirmed that an aging colony of former research chimpanzees will not be returned to biomedical research for the time being. The 186 chimpanzees, which have lived free from invasive research for the past ten years while housed at a facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, were to be moved this year to an active biomedical research laboratory in San Antonio, Texas.
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) recently brought together key players to support Tanzania in developing a coordinated system for monitoring the carbon stored in its forests.
In the final days of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, Dr. Jane Goodall joined the audience via a video message at an event titled “Advancing REDD+: New Pathways and Partnerships,” hosted by Avoided Deforestation Partners. Dr. Goodall emphasized the importance of tropical forests in slowing climate change and preserving the diversity of species.
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Youth Campaign
On the Edge: Hope for Animals and their World
A recent behavioral study conducted by Duke University at two African great ape sanctuaries, including the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo, investigated how chimpanzees and bonobos make decisions when faced with different options. The study’s findings indicate that, similar to humans, the two species are more apt to gamble when they know the odds than when they do not.
On Sunday’s 60 MINUTES, chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall perfectly imitates the chimps she knows so well, who, as the closest animal relative to man, display emotions like fear, laughter and happiness. Watch a clip. Goodall takes Lara Logan back to the forests of Tanzania to reunite with the chimpanzees she lived with for decades, whose numbers are dwindling now due to poaching and habitat loss.