Africa Programs

Wild West Wildlife, Landscapes and Development for Conservation

Raising awareness about great apes in Uganda
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The Wild West Project is a collaboration between the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to support biodiversity conservation and improve natural resource management in northern and western Uganda.

The Wild West Project:

Expansion of the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center

Creating a larger, more natural setting for JGI’s sanctuary chimpanzees
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In 2011, after three years of planning and hard work, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) successfully secured the land necessary to expand the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC), JGI’s chimpanzee sanctuary in the Republic of the Congo.  JGI intends to expand the sanctuary by building supplementary facilities on three islands in the nearby Kouilou River.  The islands will offer the chimpanzees a much larger, natural setting where they can learn, grow and build social bonds in a secure environment.

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Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center

Caring for orphan chimpanzees of the commercial, illegal bushmeat trade
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Every year poachers in the Congo Basin kill thousands of chimpanzees as part of the illegal bushmeat trade. Typically, the hunters spare the lives of the smallest, confiscating them and selling them as pets despite laws forbidding such trade.

Girls Peer-to-Peer Education

Equipping young women in Uganda to navigate life’s challenges
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JGI’s peer-to-peer education program equips young women in Uganda with information on topics including HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health.  JGI also provides training in life-planning skills designed to help girls successfully navigate the challenges of maturing into adulthood.  The girls then return to their schools and communities and share what they've learned with their peers who are often more comfortable receiving information from people of the same age group rather than adults.  

Kasugho Micro-Hydro Plant

Delivering critical, renewable electricity to remote communities in the DRC

Description / Objective(s): 

Thanks to the efforts of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and its partners, a micro-hydro power plant is delivering critical electricity to the Tayna Center for Conservation Biology (TCCB), a maternal and child health care center and other facilities in Kasugho (Lubero territory in North Kivu), in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

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Guinea Eco-Development Project

Supporting the development of eco-friendly businesses

In the West African country of Guinea, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) supports sustainable income generating activities that improve the local economy and environment.

Gombe-Masito-Ugalla Ecosystem

Restoring ecosystems and improving lives in western Tanzania
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The overarching goal of the Gombe-Masito-Ugalla (GMU) Program is to conserve biodiversity and protect and restore wildlife habitat in critical ecosystems in western Tanzania.

Girls' Scholarship Project

Increasing the contributions of women to their households and environment

The Girls’ Scholarship project helps to decrease the gap between the levels of education achieved by men and women in the Kigoma community of western Tanzania.  Thus far, the program has sponsored 249 girls to attend elementary school, high school and university.

Key Activities:

TNR Expansion

Increasing the area of protected habitat for chimpanzees

Through the hard work and determination of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) staff, and thanks to United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), the Congolese government and supporters like you, the expansion of the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve is a reality.

Background:

In the spring of 2011, the Congolese government ratified a decree to expand the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve (TNR) by 750 percent.  JGI's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa, lies within the current boundaries of the TNR.

DRC CAP

Identifying actions to reduce the threats to great apes and their habitat in the eastern DRC
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Map of the CAP landscape

The forests of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are one of the most globally important regions for biodiversity. The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) with support from the Arcus Foundation and The World We Want Foundation is leading a conservation action planning (CAP) process in the region.

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