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Tchimpounga to Tchibebe: More Room to Roam for Sanctuary Chimpanzees

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is working diligently to complete construction on Tchibebe Island, one of the three islands in the Kouilou River that make up part of the expanded Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) in the Republic of Congo.

From the Ground to the Cloud: Transforming Chimpanzee Conservation with High-Tech Tools

Watch how the Jane Goodall Institute uses mapping technology on mobile devices for forest monitoring and chimpanzee conservation.

An Unexpected Guest: Seven-Foot Python Visits Chimpanzee Enclosure!

At the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo, our adult chimpanzees spend their days roaming around a wild forest patch, foraging for fruits, socializing, and swinging from the trees. We bring them in at night for their dinner and to inspect their health. It’s rare for their routine to change. Therefore, you can imagine our surprise when the head caregiver at the dormitories called Dr.

Getting Ready for Timi's Big Move

Group Three, at the Jane Goodall Institute's (JGI) Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabiliatation Center in the Republic of Congo where chimpanzee Timi lives, has been very quiet for the past few weeks.  Little does this small community know what awaits them.  At the moment, the JGI-Congo team is working diligently to get Group Three ready for transport to Tchibebe Island, Tchimpounga’s expanded sanctuary site.

Tchimpounga's Newest Mandrills!

The Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo is primarily for chimpanzees. But try telling that to our resident mandrills! In his most recent blog entry, JGI Mandrill Project Supervisor Miles Woodruff reports from Tchimpounga about the sanctuary's newest additions.
 
Great news from Tchimpounga! Three baby mandrills brought to the sanctuary passed their health checks and were moved to the main site!

Lemba

 
In light of Rotary International's campaign to eradicate polio, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) staff at this year's convention in Lisbon shared the video story of Lemba.  Lemba, one of the many orphan chimpanzees living at JGI's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo, lost the use of her legs as a result of polio.  But as you'll see in the video, Lemba didn't let her disability get in her way!

Updates from the Islands

Tchindzoulou

The dense forest of Tchindzoulou Island is now home to 14 chimpanzees transferred from the original Tchimpounga sanctuary site over the last six months.  Life has changed dramatically for these chimps.  Today, they can roam freely, feeling the wet earth under their feet, smelling the scents from the lush vegetation, and listening to the island’s mysterious sounds while they explore their new surroundings.

Women's History Month: Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

To kick off the Jane Goodall Institute's Women's History Month series, we begin with a feature on our own Dr. Jane Goodall! 

Women's History Month: JGI Recognizes Amazing Female Scientists

Dr. Jane Goodall first arrived in what is today Tanzania’s Gombe National Park more than 50 years ago. The chimpanzee behavioral research she pioneered there continues to this day and is the longest-running study of great apes in the wild. Dr. Goodall’s many groundbreaking findings – that chimpanzees make and use tools, have long-lasting family bonds, eat meat, and wage war – redefined the relationship between humans and animals.

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Jane: A Snapshot

Watch this new video from National Geographic which highlights Dr. Goodall's life and legacy.

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Saving Chimps From Snares (Graphic Images)!

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