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

 

Disneynature and the Jane Goodall Institute Announce Conservation Program Impact
The program will protect 129,236 acres of habitat, educate 60,000 schoolchildren about chimpanzee conservation, and care for orphaned chimpanzees.

 

JGI Celebrates 35th Anniversary
More than three decades later, JGI continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering chimpanzee behavioral research and is a global leader in chimpanzee protection, community-centered conservation and youth service.

 

JGI at Rio+20
JGI traveled to Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

 

First Group of Chimpanzees Released on Tchindzoulou Island
After years of hard work and preparation, JGI began transferring some of the Tchimpounga chimpanzees to the expanded sanctuary site in the Kouilou River.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urged to List All Chimpanzees as Endangered
A group of conservation and animal welfare groups submitted comments asking the Wildlife Service to increase protections for chimpanzees.

 

Dr. Goodall Urges U.S. Senate to End Invasive Medical Testing
As part of a hearing on the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, Dr. Goodall submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife.

 

Jane Recognizes Roots & Shoots More Than Two Decades of Impact
February 2012 marked the 21st birthday of JGI's youth program, and in this letter Dr. Goodall reflects on the last 20 years of the program's growth and global reach.

 

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