Mission: Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) continues Dr. Goodall's pioneering research into chimpanzee behavior, research which transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and other animals in their African habitats. It is widely recognized for its innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs across Africa and its education program, Roots & Shoots, now operating in more than 90 countries.
Programs: Animal welfare and conservation: jgi helps protect chimpanzees through a multifaceted program. We operate the largest sanctuary in africa for orphans of the illegal commercial bushmeat trade-tchimpounga chimpanzee rehabilitation center in the republic of congo. We are developing a fully integrated program to protect chimpanzee habitat-the tropical forest-through reforestation, as well as an extensive community-centered conservation program, in which we work with local populations to address a wide range of basic needs (water, sanitation, education, micro-credit, agricultural practices and health clinics) so that they in turn will be empowered to act as partners in conserving the forest and its inhabitants. We incorporate geospatial science to inform large-scale land use planning. Our work in africa also includes our tanzanian roots & shoots youth program. Finally, in the u. S. , jgi lends public education and advocacy support to organizations seeking to address the welfare of captive chimpanzees kept as pets and for entertainment and medical testing.
education: jgi's overall approach is to educate people about the interconnectedness of all living things and how every individual can make a difference. Jgi has one of the largest youth programs in the world; roots & shoots, which spans more than 120 countries and inspires youth to take action for people, animals and the environment. Administered from the arlington office, it has field operations in four district offices around the u. S. As part of its efforts to protect wild chimpanzees and their habitat, jgi also supports education centers for local populations in areas of africa where we work. Finally, our education program supports dr. Goodall's travels in the u. S. And abroad, and the institute's efforts in the u. S. , to educate policy makers and the public about the need to save species and their habitats.
communications and membership: our communications function supports media for all programs, the institute generally and our founder, as well as our communications with donors. Also included are our marketing and merchandise initiatives, which are another way that we communicate our messages to the public, and our efforts to effect changes in public policy through u. S. Legislation.
I read Jane Goodall's book '' In the Shadow of Man'' and I was blown away by the whole story. I was moved powerfully by the study of the Gombe chimps and the way their lives unfolded. From there I grabbed as much of Janes writings as possible to build up my knowledge and awareness.
I like the Institute's attitude to helping the chimpanzees. It knows that the help has to be practical, effective both on a short term and a long term basis. The chimpanzees need help now and in the future , if they are to have a future. And we must remember they live a long life.
The education of the public and the students is essential and The JGI organise this very well.
They know that there are many aspects to helping chimpanzees. Helping the ones in the wild to retain their land and be protected in the wild. Looking after orphans who have been victims of the bushmeat trade and also helping chimpanzees who have been involved in being used for medical research or used in the entertainment industry.
JGI has made a huge difference.
It has been involved in setting up sanctuaries in many countries of Africa.
The Roots and Shoots projects are so amazing and I believe an answer to the future. Because it appeals to the youth of the different countries, the youth who are the future leaders.
Recently I have been trying to increase awareness of the chimpanzees needs and what the problems are. I have been contacting students who are studying primates and trying to get them involved in a bigger way than just studying them. I have sent leaflets from JGI and asked for them to be given to the students.
I have also recently enjoyed doing some drawings of some of the chimpanzees from Tchimpounga in The Congo and this was great fun.
The young ones are very cute and the older ones have beautiful lines and wrinkles which define their character's. Such beautiful creatures.
I have adopted the wonderful La Vielle who is the old lady of chimps. In her forties but thriving and very beautiful. She has the role now of looking after some of the youngsters and she seems to be loving this.
The young chimps crave attention from La Vielle and look to her as the one in charge.
Anyway, I think JGI is unique in that it doesnt just try to collect money but it puts heart into its work. And I think this stems from Jane Goodall herself. Because she has and is dedicating her whole life to the chimpanzees and involves people by showing her heart on her sleeve. She loves the chimpanzees and wants the very best for them. If we all support JGI and make even a small donation in some way , then the chimpanzees stand a chance.