JGI 2012 Annual Report
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A Letter from the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chief Executive Officer
2012 marked two amazing milestones at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI): the 35th anniversary of JGI’s founding and the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center’s 20th year of operation. While we celebrated many successes over the course of the year, I wanted to highlight one event in particular.
On September 20, 2012, after years of hard work and preparation, JGI staff members in the Republic of Congo successfully transferred the first two female chimpanzees from the original Tchimpounga sanctuary to the recently expanded site on Tchindzoulou Island in the nearby Kouilou River. By year’s end, they were able to move nine more chimpanzees. Tchindzoulou’s hundreds of hectares of pristine tropical forest will provide these fortunate chimpanzees the chance to live in a more natural environment — and, hopefully, serve as a springboard to eventual release in the wild.
Needless to say, these historic transfers required a massive amount of effort and dedication. On behalf of everyone at JGI — from the vets and caretakers at Tchimpounga to our board of directors and Dr. Jane Goodall — I want to express my utmost thanks to our supporters. We could not have accomplished this major undertaking without you.
Highlights from the Year