Great Apes

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!

The Jane Goodall Institute Applauds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Proposal

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) applauded today’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announcement that could greatly expand protection of chimpanzees, including the thousands of chimpanzees currently held captive in the United States.
 
The United States has long recognized wild chimpanzees as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) but has not provided the same level of protection for chimpanzees held captive in this country.   Because other U.S.

For Immediate Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Protection for All Chimpanzees – Captive and Wild – as Endangered

 
Contact:
Claire Cassel
703-358-2357
claire_cassel@fws.gov

 

Threats to chimpanzees have increased since the 1990 listing of wild populations as endangered 

Following additional legal determinations about the application of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a proposal to classify both wild and captive chimpanzees as endangered.

For Immediate Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to Increase Protections for Chimpanzees

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposal to protect all chimpanzees under the Endangered Species Act. While wild chimpanzees have long been recognized as endangered, existing regulations deprive captive chimpanzees in the United States of protection under the ESA.

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.

Gorillas in Crisis – Caught in the Crossfire of Conflict in the DRC

Setting the record straight about Grauer’s gorilla,
potentially the most threatened gorilla in the world

 

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.

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