Africa Programs

Illegal Commercial Bushmeat Trade

At the heart of the declining chimpanzee population is habitat loss and another, lesser known problem -- the illegal poaching of chimps and other great apes for meat. The Jane Goodall Institute works with governments and local communities to end this devastating practice.

Threats to Chimps

Chimpanzees face a number of serious threats, including habitat destruction and the illegal poaching of animals for bushmeat. Habitat loss results from commercial logging, slash-and-burn agricultural practices and various mining activities. The Jane Goodall Institute works to eliminate these threats in the fight to save this precious species.

Habitat Protection

Currently, Africa has one of the highest population growth rates in the world. The continent’s 1999 population of 767 million people is projected to have more than doubled by 2050, according to UN population figures.

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JGI Girls' Scholarship Program: "I am now an honored woman"

Teacher, journalist, doctor – many girls dream about achieving these careers. But the challenges can be more than daunting, especially for girls in Africa. For young women in Kigoma, Tanzania -- where JGI partners with communities to conserve forest habitat and develop sustainable livelihoods -- the barriers for girls to secondary and higher education are high.

JGI unveils long-term conservation plan for Greater Gombe Ecosystem

Building on the work we’ve been doing in the Kigoma region of Tanzania for the past 15 years, JGI and conservation partners including The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have completed a 30-year plan to guide restoration and preservation of the Greater Gombe Ecosystem (GGE).

JGI worked with other wildlife and conservation experts, NGOs and government representatives in Tanzania to develop a plan that will preserve the ecosystem for the benefit of biodiversity, natural resources and sustainable human livelihoods.

US Fish and Wildlife Service funds conservation planning in Tanzania

The future of chimpanzees is precarious in all of their 22 range countries – including Tanzania, where we continue Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking chimpanzee behaviour research and partner with villages to promote conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

Now, in a new partnership partly funded by the US government, JGI will partner with the Tanzanian government, academia and other NGOs to develop a comprehensive action plan focused on guaranteeing the long-term survival of chimpanzees in Tanzania.

JGI scientist Dr. Lilian Pintea shares expertise at global event

JGI’s Director of Conservation Science Lilian Pintea recently traveled to India to attend a global sharing of information and expertise about the role of geospatial science in developing a sustainable planet. Dr. Goodall also attended the second Map World Forum, Feb. 10-13, in Hyderabad, India.

JGI staff works on amidst insecurity

The JGI staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is working in the most challenging of conditions -- traveling to and among villages despite fighting nearby between militia forces and government forces.

JGI ethnobotanist Grace Gobbo named National Geographic “Emerging Explorer”

For centuries, medicinal plants used by traditional healers have been at the heart of health care in Tanzania, where most of the population can’t afford the high price of imported drugs. But today, both the rainforest where many of the plants are found and indigenous medical knowledge are disappearing.

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