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Causes: Animals, Children & Youth, International, International Development, Protection of Endangered Species, Youth Development

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.

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