Tanzania

Tension at Gombe

In his latest blog entry, Dr. Deus Mjungu, Gombe Stream Research Center’s director of chimpanzee research, writes of tracking two chimpanzees at Gombe National Park.

Gombe Stream Research Center

Advancing science, including Dr. Jane Goodall's revolutionary findings about chimpanzee behavior
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The Gombe Stream Research Center was founded in 1965 to advance Jane Goodall’s revolutionary findings about chimpanzee tool-making and other behaviors.

Tanzania Conservation Action Plan

Developing a comprehensive action plan focused on guaranteeing the long-term survival of chimpanzees in Tanzania.
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Threats to chimpanzees in Tanzania include unsustainable agriculture, fuel wood extraction, logging, expansion of human settlements, disease and a growing problem of hunting for bushmeat and witchcraft.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Ape Conservation Fund will help JGI and partners develop strategies designed to abate the most critical threats to chimpanzees and their habitats. These will include strategies to:

Tanzania REDD program

Demonstrating how traditional rural communities can lead -- and benefit from -- forest management initiatives that incorporate tracking of carbon data and the sale of earned carbon credits
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The project, which involves a variety of leading public and private partners, received a three-year, $2.7 million (USD) grant from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania.
 

Tanzania

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) works in western Tanzania to reduce human population pressures and protect chimpanzees and their forest habitat.  In 1994, JGI's community-centered conservation approach was developed through the implementation of the Lake Tanganyika Catchment, Reforestation and Education (TACARE) program in the area in and around Gombe National Park.  Since then, the TACARE model has been expanded from Gombe National Park to larger and more pristine chimpanzee habitat to the south.

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Fansi Anaumwa! (Fansi is Sick!)

In his latest blog entry, Dr. Deus Mjungu, Gombe Stream Research Center’s director of chimpanzee research, discusses a recent illness at Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

Fansi Anaumwa! (Fansi is Sick!)

For an animal, getting sick is a simple fact of life. Despite this, it’s particularly concerning when a chimpanzee falls ill. At Gombe, disease is one of the main causes of death for chimpanzees. Therefore, we keep a particularly vigilant eye on the chimps in the park.

Gombe-Masito-Ugalla Ecosystem

Restoring ecosystems and improving lives in western Tanzania
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The overarching goal of the Gombe-Masito-Ugalla (GMU) Program is to conserve biodiversity and protect and restore wildlife habitat in critical ecosystems in western Tanzania.

Girls' Scholarship Project

Increasing the contributions of women to their households and environment

The Girls’ Scholarship project helps to decrease the gap between the levels of education achieved by men and women in the Kigoma community of western Tanzania.  Thus far, the program has sponsored 249 girls to attend elementary school, high school and university.

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JGI’s Amazing Mandrills!

The Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) is primarily a chimpanzee sanctuary. But try telling that to our eight mandrills! In her blog entry, JGI technical advisor Debby Cox reports from Tchimpounga about the mandrills.

Participatory Mapping

Integrating local knowledge for shared understanding of landscapes

Participatory mapping plays an essential role in JGI conservation initiatives, recording local perspectives and knowledge of landscapes and land uses and values. Through this process the complex interrelations between people and the places they live are brought to life in a view that incorporates socio-economic perspectives along with ecological ones. The common understanding that results allows communities to plan more effectively and take precious natural resources and habitats into consideration.

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