Chimp hand print

The Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand exists to undertake work on global and local sustainability issues and to inspire and empower people to take action to make the world a better place for animals, people, and the environment.

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.

Dr. Jane Goodall

Our Vision

A healthy planet where people live sustainably and in harmony with animals and a shared environment.

Our Philosophy in Action

Whether advocating for change on sustainable development issues or educating and supporting individuals around the world to make a difference or caring for orphaned chimpanzees, training villagers in sustainability, partnering with African women through micro-financing, —we recognise the interconnectedness of all: animals, people and the environment. A.P.E.

Sustainable Development - Working Together Towards A Better Future For All

Humans are at the core of the challenges facing chimpanzees and their habitats, so we must collaborate with local communities to manage their impacts and develop positive long term effects.

JGI’s community-centered approach to conservation provides locals with the tools needed to manage natural resources for economic growth and environmental prosperity. From building medical clinics to supplying livestock, our African programs safeguard important chimpanzee habitat by diminishing human threats and supporting sustainable livelihoods.

Explore our Africa Programmes


People living along a wildlife corridor gained access to clean water.


Young people attended 7 new schools stocked with educational materials, desks and supplies.

Amena Hassan saves as much as eight hours in a day fetching water now that TACARE has installed a sanitary water system in Kasuku village.


Girls have returned to school after receiving mentorship from peer education.

Residents of Yatima Orphanage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Every young person at Yatima will be sent to secondary school through the JGI Roots & Shoots scholarship program.


Scholarships provided to young women to support their education.

Dr. Goodall lends a hand planting seedlings to combat deforestation.Photo: GANT/Morten Bjarnhof


Seedlings distributed to community members in the Democratic Republic of Congo to reduce pressure on forests.


Engaged communities involved in programmes led by the Jane Goodall Institute.

Protecting Biodiversity - Generations of Knowledge and Care

Over 55 years ago Dr. Jane Goodall arrived in Tanzania to help understand our closest living relative the chimpanzee. Today we continue with chimps at the heart of our mission–advancing Dr Goodall’s research and raising awareness for the plight of great apes.

Our work on the ground in Africa allows us to actively protect and rehabilitate victims of the illegal bushmeat and exotic pet trade. Working together with authorities, confiscated orphan chimpanzees–too young to be released into the wild are brought to our sanctuaries where they receive medical treatment, food, safe habitat and the opportunity to socialize with fellow primates.

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Acres of habitat covered under Jane Goodall Institute Conservation Aciton Plans

Found sick and close to death, Wounda was rescued by teams at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.
Prior to his rescue, Gregoire survived more than 40 years of solitary confinement in a barren zoo cage. Before his death in 2008 he was approximately 66 years old—the oldest known living chimpanzee in Africa.


Chimpanzees and gorillas receiving care in a sanctuary managed or supported by the Jane Goodall Institute.


Hectares of newly established reserves in the Masito-Ugalla ecosystem of Tanzania.

Who’s observing who? Jane trades gazes with Fifi, one of her original study objects. The wooden fence kept chimps from charging into camp and scattering provisions.Photo: Hugo van Lawick/National Geographic


Scientific papers and graduate theses published through research at Gombe Stream Research Center.

“Mzee” Hilali Matama was hired 1968 as the Gombe Stream Research Center’s first field assistant and observed the chimpanzees for more than 36 years.


Community members trained in the use of forest monitoring technology.

Sustainability Education - Globally Mindful / Locally Active

JGI’s education programme Roots & Shoots builds on the vision of Dr. Goodall to place the power for creating community based action in response to big challenges, in the hands of the younger generation.

Through hands-on learning that promotes leadership skills, critical thinking and compassion, individuals are empowered to achieve practical outcomes as agents participating in a global network of change.

Get Involved With Roots & Shoots


Members of Roots & Shoots around the world.

Terrace Ridge School, Alberta, Canada, designed and built an outdoor classroom in the shape of a Cree Medicine Wheel. Students lead the planting and maintenance each year, ensuring they use native plants that create wildlife habitats.
The Roots & Shoots groups at Kristin school, in Auckland, work on projects but also help to make Kristin a more environmentally aware school.
A Roots & Shoots group at Orokonui Sactuary, in Dunedin, work to plant and prepare the takahē area within the sanctuary.


Project reported by Roots & Shoots members around the globe.


Countries around the globe involved in the Jane Goodall Institute Roots & Shoots programme.

Sustainable Development Goals

The initiatives and actions of JGI address all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which strive to end povertyprotect the planet and its inhabitants, and ensure prosperity for all.

You can make contributions towards achieving the goals from your couch, house, work or classroom, with JGINZ.

Learn more about the UN Sustainable Goals