Africa Programs

Gombe's biodiversity

What kind of animals would Jane have seen in her first weeks at Gombe? The forest to this day is home to an array of species. Baboons are seemingly ubiquitous, and red colobus monkeys are common as well.

Jane wrote a letter to her family describing some of the animals she encountered:

Health Matters

In the Republic of Congo, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) recently assisted in efforts to vaccinate local communities against a measles outbreak in the area surrounding the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve.

Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced September 1, 2011, that the agency will begin reviewing the status of chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act.

Armed with a notebook and binoculars

Jane had come to East Africa from England in 1957, to pursue a dream she'd had since she was a child: to study and write about animals in Africa. In Kenya, legendary anthropologist Louis Leakey hired her as his assistant. He was eager to organize field studies of all the great apes in the wild, for they could teach much about human evolution.

What was Known?

What was known about chimpanzees when Jane Goodall stepped off that boat to begin her study of the wild chimp communities living in Tanzanian forest around one of the world's longest, largest and deepest freshwater lakes, (Lake Tanganyika)?

Grounds for Health and JGI Fight Cervical Cancer in Tanzania

Three facts many people don’t know:

A Look Back at Jane's Amazing Story

On July 14, 2010, it will be 50 years to the day that Jane Goodall first stepped out of a game warden’s boat onto the pebbly beach at the Gombe Chimpanzee Reserve in what is today Tanzania. At the time, she expected to be in the forest observing wild chimpanzees for 3 or 4 months.

Helping Young Women in Uganda Manage Life's Challenges

Young women in Uganda are 9 times more likely than young men to contract HIV, making it critical that they have access to information about HIV/AIDS and to reproductive health services.

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This is the story of Mugu Moja, a young juvenile chimpanzee.