The Jane Goodall Institute
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) was founded in 1977 by Jane Goodall and until present continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering work in the field of chimpanzee behavior research. This research thoroughly influenced the scientific perception of the relationship between humans and animals. Up until today it plays a crucial role in protecting chimpanzees and their habitat. It is also recognized worldwide for establishing innovative care and development programs in Africa, and for the educational Roots&Shoots programme for the youth, which are followed now by groups in more than 100 countries.
In 1960 Jane Goodall started studying chimpanzees in Gombe National Park , Tanzania. That way she created a better and broader understanding of our closest relatives, and ultimately ourselves. Current research focuses on aggression and territoriality, the relationship between mothers and offspring, chimpanzee culture and much more. The staff at Gombe also helped the University of Alabama to develop a first non-invasive way to collect DNA in the investigation of the origin of HIV. The Chimpanzoo programs of the Jane Goodall Institute help zoos to create an optimal environment for chimpanzees kept in captivity.
The Center for Primate Studies, based at the University of Minnesota collects and analyzes all research data from Gombe, which sheds a new light on the behavior of chimpanzees in the wild.
Protection of primates
At the Tchimpounga reserve situated in the Republic of the Congo, JGI provides a safe and caring home for over 160 orphaned chimpanzees that almost all have been victims of the illegal bushmeat and pet trade. The reserve also creates jobs for local people and serves as a center for nature conservation and education and organizes activities that help to improve the development of the local communities.
Preservation focuses on community
The Tacare (Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education) projects focus on nature conservation and restoration. They create new hope for thousands of families by means of initiatives to improve health care, by stimulating economic growth and by promoting the acquisition of viable income. In a separate approach TACARE also focuses on local involvement and control. Read more…
Greater Gombe Ecosystem Program
The “Greater Gombe Ecosystem Program” launched in 2005 is a result of the success of Tacare. In this ambitious project the Jane Goodall Institute and its partners, use the GIS method for planning the land use, in cooperation with the local communities. This takes into account the space needed for reforestation of woods that were destroyed due to human logging.
In the same year and in cooperation with the “Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International”, the Jane Goodall Institute expanded the Tacare model to areas in eastern Congo. JGI has now also branched out to West Africa. In critical areas such as Guinea and Sierra Leone, awareness campaigns are being set up for the plight of the chimpanzees. Attempts are made to make local and regional authorities stronger in the fight for the preservation of the chimpanzees and their habitat.
Starting from the principle that knowledge leads to compassion and action, the Roots&Shoots programme challenges youth of all ages to learn by doing. Roots&Shoots groups have revived hope in over 100 countries. These groups clean up riverbeds, learn about endangered species, do volunteer work in shelters, organize events to celebrate cultural diversity … The list is as varied as the inspiration of the members. Roots&Shoots has groups in rural areas, suburbs and urban areas in the U.S. and other countries, in villages in Ecuador and China and even in refugee camps in Africa.