Science

Ape Surveys and Distribution Modeling

Informing conservation strategies and monitoring success

JGI’s Applied Conservation Science Program provides the detailed census data that is essential to conservation planning and assessment. To be effective, the conservation community needs to know the distribution, status and trends of great ape populations. Identification of human threats in specific landscapes is also critical.

Monitoring ape habitats

Detecting changes and threats to endangered species’ habitats
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Clearing of forests and woodlands has one of the most devastating impacts on great apes, leaving them in isolated, small populations that face edge effects and elevated risk of extinction. Satellite imagery and GIS are powerful tools to monitor chimpanzee habitats and threats even in the most remote, difficult to access areas. JGI has been a leader in applying multi-temporal, multi-resolution satellite imagery to map and detect change in the distribution of chimpanzee habitats in Africa from local to regional scales.

Monitoring Human Land Use

Including human land uses in conservation planning

 Inclusion of human land uses is essential to effective conservation planning. Human land use not only triggers environmental impacts that must be taken into account but also drives an understanding of the important local needs met by the surrounding ecosystems. The resulting insights uncover the value of conservation to sustain and enhance livelihoods in local communities.

Community Forest Monitoring

Leveraging mobile technology to build capacity and protect forests
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Local communities are the stewards of their environment and their participation is essential to mapping and monitoring the natural resources on their village lands. The Jane Goodall Institute's (JGI) community-based conservation approach is designed to empower local stewards in ways that benefit communities, as well as the environment that surrounds them. JGI has become a pioneer and leader in this emerging field as a result of our rapid adoption of new technologies to support community forest monitoring.

Data from Gombe Provides New Insights Into Aging

A paper published in this week’s issue of the journal Science suggests that humans and other primates share certain aging patterns that were previously thought to be unique to humans. In addition to uncovering new similarities among primate species, the research findings may ultimately bring us closer to answering such questions as: Why do women live longer than men?

JGI Scientist Reports from Congo Basin on Action Plan to Save Great Apes

Dr. Lilian Pintea, the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) vice president of Conservation Science, recently reported from Goma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where JGI is leading a workshop. The Conservation Action Plan (CAP) workshop is the first in a series of meetings planned to identify strategies and actions to reduce the threats to great apes and their habitat in a critical landscape of the eastern DRC. The CAP will target more than 66 million acres, which contain approximately 15,000 chimpanzees and somewhere between 3,000-5,000 gorillas.

JGI and Holtkamper: Helping Save Chimpanzees in Uganda

By Dr. Peter Apell, Veterinarian & Programs Manager for the Jane Goodall Institute-Uganda.


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Thanks to a recent donation from Holtkamper, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is now able to care more effectively for injured chimpanzees in Uganda.

International Primatological Society Showcases Gombe 50 Research, Features Dr. Goodall

Today, the 23rd Congress of the International Primatological Society (IPS) convenes in Kyoto, Japan. The Congress features a special symposium honoring long-term studies at Gombe and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research. Titled “Fifty Years of Primate Research at Gombe National Park, Tanzania,” the symposium highlights the wealth of scientific discovery that has emerged from the original research pioneered by Dr. Goodall and from the collection of long-term data on chimpanzees and olive baboons at the park.

On 'CNN Connect,' Jane Answers Viewer Questions

In a "CNN Connect" interview yesterday, Jane answered viewers' questions about the 50th anniversary of her Gombe research, chimps as pets, climate change and more. The CNN program reaches more than 200 million people worldwide.

CNN Connector of the Day: Jane Goodall

 

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