What it Takes - Honoring Clara and Freud

The Jane Goodall Institute began as an organization supporting scientists conducting long-range, non-invasive research of wild chimpanzees. Over the decades JGI has grown, and so has our mission. In addition to researching wild chimpanzees, JGI is also committed to rescuing the most vulnerable victims of the illegal commercial bushmeat trade, orphaned chimpanzees and serving as a leader in community-centered conservation across chimpanzee range countries.

Recently, the JGI family lost two chimpanzees who were with us at the beginning of both of these efforts.


Freud - A Lifetime of Research


In the last several months, a chimpanzee body was found in the forests of Gombe. The research team there believes it to be Freud’s body, however DNA testing (which can take months to process) will be the only way we can confirm. Regardless, this incident has all of JGI thinking back on Freud’s life and all of our fond memories of him. Please honor Freud’s memory by signing this petition today.

Freud was one of the very first chimpanzees observed by Jane Goodall when she arrived on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in what is now Tanzania. Dr. Goodall and other scientists at JGI’s Gombe Stream Research Center have conducted more than 40 years of research by observing Freud.   We watched Freud grow from a playful infant into a strong alpha-male, and recorded his story as he lost his status as group-leader and receded into old age. 
This type of lifetime research on wild chimpanzees is unprecedented, and it is only through our observations of chimpanzees like Freud that JGI has been able to remain at the forefront of chimpanzee research and conservation.

Clara - A Lifesaving Rescue


It takes a tremendous amount of resources to rescue a chimpanzee like Clara, which is why JGI relies so heavily on generous donors to continue rescuing orphaned chimpanzees. Please show your support of the effort JGI’s Tchimpounga sanctuary makes to rescue chimpanzees by signing this petition. 

Like Freud, Clara was likely born in the wild. However, as a young chimpanzee she found herself in captivity at the Pointe Noire Zoo in the Republic of Congo. Clara was rescued from the zoo and brought to Tchimpounga in 1993, when the violence of the Congolese Civil War threatened the zoo’s inhabitants.  
Once Clara arrived at Tchimpounga, her friendly demeanor endeared her to everyone and she quickly became a favorite of JGI staff members and her fellow chimpanzees. Clara struck up a special friendship with Gregoire, famously Africa’s oldest-known chimpanzee, who was also rescued from the Pointe Noire Zoo. Clara passed away peacefully in her sleep last month, and she will be missed by everyone at Tchimpounga … human and chimpanzee alike.