Chimpanzees

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From Oct. 16 to Nov. 30, 2010 the Jane Goodall Institute will be showing this 15 second ad on the CBS "Super Screen" in Times Square. Make a difference today and help us protect wild chimpanzees.

The Jane Goodall Institute Commends NAPSA

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) applauds the recent creation of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA). Founded by the directors of some of the best great ape sanctuaries in North America, the mission of NAPSA is, “To advance the welfare of captive primates through exceptional sanctuary care, collaboration, and outreach.”

Fifi

A curious two year old when Dr. Jane Goodall started her research at Gombe, Fifi grew up to become a strong female and a very successful mother.

House Committee Approves Great Ape Conservation Measure

The Jane Goodall Institute welcomed yesterday’s decision by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources to approve a bill that would provide a critical increase in resources for great ape conservation. The Institute applauds U.S. Congressman George Miller (D-CA), a member of the committee, who was lead sponsor of the Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Amendments Act of 2010 (H.R.

Jane's Journal: Excerpt from July 14, 1960

14th July 1960

“We really did manage to get off today. We woke at dawn ... Left about 9 and arrived about 11. The fisherman were all along the beaches frying their dagga fish. It looked as though patches of sand had been whitewashed. Above, the mountains rose up steeply behind the beaches. The slopes were thickly covered with accacia and other trees -Miombo woodland? Every so often a stream cascaded down the vallys between the ridges, with its thick fringe of forest -the home of the chimps.

Jane's first big discovery: chimps eat meat

At 7:40 a.m. on October 30, sitting on her Peak, Jane heard a wild commotion in the treetops below her. She heard some "angry little screams," and finally saw 1 of 3 chimpanzees grasping something pink. Two bushpigs ran around the base of the tree, and chased a smaller chimpanzee up it. Baboons tried to get close, snarling and skirmishing with the chimps. Eventually the chimp with the coveted goods moved out onto a high, bare branch and Jane could see he was holding a piece of carcass.

Jane on 'The Peak' and chimps in the trees

After a few weeks at Gombe, Jane found a perfect vantage point for watching the chimpanzees. It was a high ridge that gave her a good view in all directions. She could see the chimpanzees moving in the trees, and she could hear if they called.

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.

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