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Updates from the Islands


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.

Spanish Television Program "Españoles en el mundo" Visits JGI's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center


The Spanish public television service RTVE recently made a visit to JGI's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo to interview Rebeca Atencia the sanctuary's director, and her husband Fernando Turmo, image and communications coordinator.

Disclaimer: the Jane Goodall Institute does not endorse handling or interfering with wild chimpanzees. The chimpanzees in this video live at the Institute's sanctuary.

Sending You Love from Tchimpounga!

In honor of Valentine's Day, enjoy this special message from the Jane Goodall Institute's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center. We want to share the love with all our members, supporters and friends all over the world.

Like what you watched here? Spread the love! Send a JGI Valentine's Day Ecard featuring the Tchimpounga chimpanzees. 

Major Elephant Poacher Caught in Congo: Quick Action by Regional Conservation Partners Leads to Arrest

In the coming months, staff at the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) in the Republic of Congo will begin reintroducing a number of the sanctuary’s mandrills into Conkouati Douli National Park. The mandrill release, under the supervision of JGI Project Manager Miles Woodruff, entails a series of forest surveys to assess the park’s suitability for the animals.

Motambo the Miracle: An Update

Motambo is adjusting nicely to his new life at Tchimpounga.  He has fully recovered from his tetanus infection, and his significant wounds have healed.  A few small marks on his skin are the only reminders of the terrible trauma he suffered at the hands of poachers.

Motambo with Makassi  and La Vieille

Happy Holidays from JGI!

Happy holidays and a joyous new year to all of our friends and supporters.  We couldn't do what we do without you.  If you would like to make a gift this year to help our ongoing efforts to improve the world for all living things, please click here.


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