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5 Ways IUCN's New Great Apes Conservation Plan Aligns with JGI's Mission

A glossy white billboard soars above young children’s heads bearing larger-than-life images of a chimpanzee and a gorilla under the declaration Protect the Chimpanzees and Gorillas: The Congo’s Heritage for Future Generations. Connecting the images of the two apes, with their matching brilliant black coats of fur and proud gazes off into the distance, is a small flag of the Republic of Congo.

Update: Tchimpounga’s Island Sanctuary Sites

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has been working to ready three islands in the Kouilou River for the transfer of 100 chimpanzees currently living at Tchimpounga. On these islands, chimpanzees live in a much more natural, forested environment while still receiving care from Tchimpounga staff.

Recent Science Roundup

After over 50 years of studying wild chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania, as well as 20 years worth of research at JGI's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Congo, scientists continue to discover new and exciting facts about our closest living relatives. In this recent science roundup, we share some of the more exciting discoveries from the past few months.

 

 

Tchimpounga Mandrills Successfully Released Back Into Wild

The Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga sanctuary is home to over 100 primates — but did you know that not all of those primates are chimpanzees?
 
Tchimpounga has undertaken the care and rehabilitation of a number of rescued mandrills. Mandrills are intelligent, social and one of the most colorful mammals in the world. Unfortunately, they are also endangered.
Mbote and her new infant, born in the wild. Photo Credit: Brad Mckenzie.

JGI and Partners Move to the Next Stage to Develop an Unprecedented Chimpanzee Habitat Monitoring System

In 2012, JGI set the ambitious 30-year goal of protecting with partners chimpanzees in countries that currently cover 85 percent of chimpanzees and their habitats in Africa. One of chimpanzees’ greatest threats is the loss of their habitat. As human populations expand, so too do their need for resources, which in turn threatens forests and woodlands where chimpanzees live.

Update: Tchimpounga's Island Expansion

 
The Tchimpounga Island Expansion project encompasses three islands in the Kouilou River: Ngombe, Tchibebe and Tchindzoulou.

How Tchimpounga Is Saving Wild Chimpanzees

                      

From Cages To The Forest: Luc's Story

 
Luc had a tragic beginning to his life. As an infant, he was taken from his mother, who was likely killed by poachers.

JGI's Innovations at the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress Published Online

In November 2014, the Jane Goodall Institute participated at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia with the support of JGI Global and especially Polly Cevallos, a member of JGI's global board. Congress materials have just been made available online and JGI's presentations are outlined below. Described as the "landmark forum on protected areas," experts gathered to share information at the Congress, and work together towards the creation of an agenda for protected areas conservation.

Happy Holidays from the Chimpanzees of the Jane Goodall Institute's Tchimpounga Sanctuary

This video shows the chimpanzees of the Jane Goodall Institute's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, many of whom have been relocated to their new homes on three islands near the main sanctuary site. These islands are now being used as an expansion of the sanctuary to help increase space and forest access for the more than 150 chimpanzees cared for by JGI's team at Tchimpounga.
 
With the help and support of JGI's donors these chimpanzees are now happier in their new pristine forest home.
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This is the story of Mugu Moja, a young juvenile chimpanzee.