JGI Rescues Alex, A Young Orphaned Chimpanzee
On July 28, 2011, the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Debby Cox was shopping in Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo, when she received a call about a baby chimpanzee who had been confiscated by authorities and brought to the local Ministry of Water and Forest. Debby picked up the chimpanzee and brought him immediately to JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.
This is the story of Mugu Moja, a juvenile chimpanzee who is getting a fresh start in Uganda’s forest after JGI rescued her from a steel jaw trap. Over the past five years, JGI-Uganda has successfully freed and provided medical attention to 18 chimpanzees injured by steel jaw traps and snares—a 100 percent success rate for each chimpanzee intervention conducted since 2007!
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JGI began implementing integrated conservation and development activities in Guinea in 2005 with a significant education and awareness-raising campaign focused on chimpanzees and environmental conservation.
Threats to chimpanzees in Tanzania include unsustainable agriculture, fuel wood extraction, logging, expansion of human settlements, disease and a growing problem of hunting for bushmeat and witchcraft.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Ape Conservation Fund will help JGI and partners develop strategies designed to abate the most critical threats to chimpanzees and their habitats. These will include strategies to:
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The project, which involves a variety of leading public and private partners, received a three-year, $2.7 million (USD) grant from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania.
Congo is one of the most densly forested countries in Africa. There are estimated to be around 10,000 chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo. Great apes in the country are threatened by human conflict, logging, the spread of disease, and hunting for the commercial, illegal bushmeat trade.
As part of the Congo Basin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) contains the world's second largest rainforest. There are estimated to be roughly 70,000 to 100,000 chimpanzees in the DRC. Threats to the great apes in the country include hunting for the illegal, commercial bushmeat trade, mining, deforestation and civil strife. In response to these threats, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is leading a conservation action plan (CAP) in the eastern DRC. The CAP will target more than 66 million acres, which contain approximately 15,000 chimpanzees and somewhe
Since the early 1990s, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has recognized that protecting the environment and species can no longer remain separate from the task of improving the human condition. Rapidly increasing destruction of forests and the pressures of growing populations mean that reaching individual farmers and villagers is key to conservation success. That’s why, in African chimpanzee range countries, JGI works to build the capacity of rural communities to be self-sustaining in ways that enable them to prosper economically and