Mambou arrived at Tchimpounga emaciated, malnourished and with no strength to move. Thanks to the care of the staff at Tchimpounga, healthy Mambou now plays for hours with his friends.
Dario Merlo is the project coordinator for the Jane Goodall Institute’s community-centered conservation program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC-CCC). The DRC-CCC program is a holistic approach to conservation. By improving health care, providing reproductive health services, and supporting local people to develop sustainable and more efficient agricultural and livestock practices, the program aims to build communities’ capacity for conservation.
Latin Name: Vitex fischeri
Local Name: Mpapa
Mpapa trees grow in the valleys and lower slopes of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. The trees are tall, up to 70 feet high, and typically possess one straight trunk. The fruiting season usually takes place between late March and the end of April. During a good year, mpapa is one of the most important chimpanzee foods.
An example of tool use, chimpanzees use rocks and sticks as weapons to intimidate and fend off others.
As director of chimpanzee research at the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Gombe Stream Research Center, Dr. Deus Mjungu is responsible for the management and operation of chimpanzee research at Gombe National Park.
About Gombe National Park
This week, caregivers at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo introduced the infant chimpanzee group to the world of art. The fruits of their enrichment activity: unique paintings for JGI-USA’s fall online benefit auction, which is currently underway.
A Conversation with Jane Goodall on Stage and in Person Featuring Presentation of the 2011 Jane Goodall Leadership Awards
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September 27, 2011
Contact: Claire Gwatkin Jones
A CONVERSATION WITH JANE GOODALL
ON STAGE AND IN PERSON
PRESENTATION OF THE 2011 JANE GOODALL GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace, brought her message of hope to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2011, for A Conversation with Jane Goodall. This unique event included a short solo performance by Grammy®-winning artist Dave Matthews.
The 2011 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards were presented on September 24, 2011. This year's winner for Excellence in Public Policy was The Honorable George Miller, U.S. Representative, California, 7th District. This award honors an individual who uses his or her position as an elected official or public servant to support policies that ensure a better future for our natural world.
JGI Rescues Alex, A Young Orphaned Chimpanzee
On July 28, 2011, the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Debby Cox was shopping in Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo, when she received a call about a baby chimpanzee who had been confiscated by authorities and brought to the local Ministry of Water and Forest. Debby picked up the chimpanzee and brought him immediately to JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.