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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Anytime I made a contact I have been treated so well and Jane Goodall took time to write to me which was so cool. A lovely surprise. Especially as she is so busy and her time so precious. But thats what I am trying to say they care about individuals and this is how they help the individual chimps. Each one is precious.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
not. I think it works very well and has a good balance.