Sheridan Match Gift Fund
Tchibebe Matching Challenge
Tchibebe Island is now the priority for the Tchimpounga Expansion Project. Tchibebe has 17 hectares of dense forest. The community there will be made up of 35 adolescent chimps between the ages of 10 and 15.
Many of the chimpanzees slated for transfer to Tchibebe currently live in one of the smallest enclosures at the current sanctuary site. Some of Tchibebe’s chimps must even stay in the dormitory permanently because they are Tchimpounga’s escape artists, so we need to transfer them as soon as possible.
However, there is still a long way to go: To complete Tchibebe, we need to raise an additional $250,000. These funds will enable JGI to build structures like the food preparation building and security fencing, secure critical galvanized paneling, and purchase all the equipment and materials required to transfer 30 chimpanzees to the island.
To help JGI raise these funds and give these 35 chimpanzees a new island home, JPS member Brenda Sheridan has generously offered to match all gifts from JPS members to the Island Expansion Project dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 through December 31, 2013!
About the Match
As a member of Jane’s Peak Society, Brenda Sheridan was invited to join the Jane Goodall Institute this past July on a trip to experience JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Republic of Congo. While at Tchimpounga, Brenda observed infant chimpanzees in the nursery enclosure, participated in JGI’s reforestation and education programs, and toured the island expansion site at Tchindzoulou and Tchibebe Islands on the Kouilou River.
While visiting Tchindzoulou Island, Brenda watched as chimpanzee Louise was released, joining the community of 12 chimpanzees currently living on the island. She was inspired to see these chimps, victims of the exotic pet and bushmeat trades, roaming the forested island, climbing trees, and eating wild fruits.
Brenda was so moved by her experience that she has offered to match gifts supporting the final phase of the expansion, Tchibebe Island. Brenda is matching all gifts dollar for dollar up to $50,000 through December 31, 2013. We hope to reach $250,000 by the end of the year to ensure that in 2014, the chimpanzees slated for release onto Tchibebe Island will get the chance to once again roam through the forest with their group.
The Jane Goodall Institute thanks Brenda for her generosity and leadership in taking action for the chimpanzees at Tchimpounga.
Timi (left) and Petit Prince (right) are ready to move to Tchibebe