Chimpanzees

Dr. Jane Goodall - Gombe

Early Days

What was Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve like when Dr. Jane Goodall first arrived, and how did she get there? Read about her early days at Gombe.
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How Can We Save Them?

How can we even try to save the chimpanzees and forests if the people are so obviously struggling to survive? - Dr. Goodall. Learn about JGI's efforts to protect wild chimpanzees through community-based conservation.
Photo Credit: Hugo Van Lawick
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Chimpanzees Make & Use Tools

Jane Goodall made revolutionay findings when she first started observing wild chimpanzee behavior in Gombe, read about three of the most important discoveries she made.
Photo Credit: JGI/Bill Wallauer

At the turn of the 20th Century, they numbered between 1 and 2 million . . .        now there are estimated to be fewer than 300,000 chimpanzees remaining in the wild. Incredibly—over the past 100 years—we may have lost as many as 1.7 million of the chimpanzees that roamed the forests of Africa.

When a 26-year-old Jane Goodall first arrived at the then Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in the British protectorate of Tanganyika, she brought only, her binoculars and notebooks. Her mission was clear: shed light on the little-known lives of the resident wild chimpanzees. But in response to the deepening environmental crisis throughout Equatorial Africa, over the years her work expanded. Today, Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute strive to protect chimpanzees and their habitats through community-based conservation programs in Africa--while continuing the research that started it all more than 50 years earlier.

 

Learn about some of the groundbreaking discoveries made at Gombe National Park in the past 50+ years!

Chimpanzees, one of our closest living relatives, can be found in 21 countries in equatorial Africa.

Chimpanzees communicate in many ways, most notably through sounds and calls, but also through touch, facial expressions and body language.

Chimpanzees are extinct in 4 of the 25 countries where they were traditionally found.

With the increased commercialization of the illegal bushmeat trade across Central and Western Africa, thousands of adult chimpanzees and other endangered animals like elephants and gorillas are killed every year.

Chimpanzees can offer us a great deal of insight into our evolutionary past, as well as into our future.

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This is the story of Mugu Moja, a young juvenile chimpanzee.