JGI Celebrates 35th Anniversary!
On Saturday, February 25, 2012, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) turned 35!
Founded in 1977, JGI continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community‐centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries.
JGI’s accomplishments these past 35 years are too numerous to list. Over the last few years alone, JGI has:
• Facilitated the creation of 38 land-use plans in western Tanzania. As a result, 202,925+ acres of community land have been set aside for conservation.
• Targeted 66 million acres for a Conservation Action Plan, which will help protect 35,000+ chimpanzees and 2,500+ Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
• Generated a 37-fold increase in revenue in the first year of operation at an ecotourism site in Uganda, employing 24 and training 55+ community members in forest-friendly businesses.
• Broadened its environmental awareness and education programs reaching more than 2,060,000+ people across Africa.
• Trained 690 people in 27 villages on the construction of fuel-efficient stoves.
• Worked with coffee farmers and corporate partners, leading to a nearly three-fold increase in the price of Kigoma coffee, which now fetches one of the highest prices in Tanzania.
• Recorded 280 varieties of indigenous medicinal plants in Tanzania and trained 720 local people on the value of these plants.
• Contributed 780,000+ volunteer hours thanks to Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots groups in the United States, resulting in a direct benefit to 1,147,550+ local community members in 2011.
• Continued supporting the field work at the Gombe Stream Research Center, which has resulted in 350+ scientific publications to date.
JGI’s success would not be possible without the generous support of our members, donors and friends. We cannot thank you enough!