Ambassadors

Marc De Bel
In this picture Boef, my Chimp (on the right) is disguised as a Chinese Shar-Pei.

Marc de Bel

“All my life I have been fond of children and (other) animals. To be honest, I can only live two days without. On the third day I start to get pimples, noise in my ears and other aging symptoms. That is why I am very proud of my title as ambassador for JGI Belgium. I always considered monkeys, and especially chimpanzees, to be equal. That is why I used to (and still do) hang in trees as a young boy. My favorite hangout used to be my tree-house that I fell down from when I was eleven years old. Because of this tumble and the fall on my head I luckily didn’t really grew much older and I started writing. For example, my first book ‘The egg of uncle Trotter’, and the crazy, exciting new ‘Kriegeltjesboek’ called ‘The plan of professor Snootman’. In this book the three brave sisters ‘Kriegel’ end up at the Jane Goodall Institute after a bloodcurdling journey, together with the Chimps and other great apes! Not only black ones, but pink ones too …”

Louis-Philippe Loncke

Louis-Philippe Loncke

Louis-Philippe Loncke is a Belgian explorer and adventurer. He is also Fellow of The Explorers Club, together with Dr. Jane Goodall.
He has been doing expeditions since 2006. He mainly did cross several deserts on foot and sea kayaking journeys to raise awareness on ecological issues in remote areas. He mainly focusses on water preservation and clean up actions using a paddle sport.
He received the prestigious award “European Adventurer of the year” for 2016.
In April 2012, he helped to organise the first KayaClean event for JGI Belgium with underprivileged youth participating as part of the R&S programme. He now aims to lift the KayaClean.org to a global world wide scale by dedicated website where paddle cleaners volunteers can find and join a water cleaning activity done with a kayak or a canoe.
“I met Jane in May 2010 and what a surprise to receive an email 15 months later asking me to be an ambassador. I was just starting my BelgiKayak expedition. She is a symbol of hope to me. She continues to act for her beliefs, for her passion to preserve the animals, the environment and the people.” Jane knighted him in 2014 as “Jane Goodall Institute knight for the Youth, the animals and the plants in the order of the Iguana” or in short Sir Iguana.
Louis-Philippe Loncke can be followed on his blog and the social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tania Dreelinck

Tania Dreelinck

“Nature, wildlife, Earth, and all her life-forms… We are one. As a child I was always in the presence of animals. They were the perfect models to get started with my drawing-rage. The more time moved on, the bigger my hunger to perpetuate every animal that I met, in their own unique way as individuals. With their own story. In their own way of being. And that creativity brought me on her turn back in contact with the ever growing question inside of me: “How can I also contribute to the conservation and the restoring of Wildlife – and its natural habitat?” With one of the very clear answers: “Jane Goodall Institute”. Symbol of chimpanzees, nature and man. As a result of that I now take part in supporting the Jane Goodall Institute, as an ambassador. What an honour. To become more strong as a Whole, all together, with the voice for animal-man-nature. Because we all need it, and we need to do it together. I hope that my contribution in this may mean a difference as well, to help build a future with more awareness concerning nature and our planet.”

Photo credit: (hero image) Sören Decraene/JGIB