Raising public awareness of the plight of chimpanzees in Africa and provision of direct support to the care and rehabilitation of chimpanzees orphaned by poaching and trafficking. This fund also aids in the functioning of the Global JGI organisation.

Chimpanzees are listed as endangered on the World Conservation Union Red List, with as little as 172,000 chimpanzees remaining in the wild.

Chimpanzees are often confined to forests in Equatorial Africa due to several threats facing their kind. Threats to chimpanzeeʼs populations include habitat loss due to agricultural practices, commercial logging and mining, the commercial bush meat trade, illegal exotic pet trades, infectious diseases and armed conflict.

Every year poachers in the Congo Basin kill thousands of chimpanzees as part of the illegal bush meat trade. Typically, the hunters spare the lives of the smallest, confiscating them and selling them as pets despite laws forbidding such trade.

Globallly the Jane Goodall Institute works to end the illegal commercial bush meat trade through education and awareness programs, community-centered conservation activities and policy efforts. However, until demand for bush meat subsides, illegal hunting will continue.

Campaign objectives

  • Raise public awareness of the plight of chimpanzees in Africa.
  • Support the care and rehabilitation of chimpanzees orphaned by poachers.
  • Protect important wild chimpanzee populations and address the root causes of the bush meat trade by working with local people and governments to protect key areas of forests where chimpanzees live.
  • Aid in the functioning of the Global JGI organisation.

Conservation in Action

To help orphaned chimpanzee infants, JGI operates the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC), a safe haven where orphans receive care and protection. Since Tchimpoungaʼs establishment in 1992, the Jane Goodall Institute has worked tirelessly to look after the welfare of the orphaned chimpanzees residing at the sanctuary. Most of the orphaned chimps living there were confiscated as part of their efforts to stop the illegal commercial bush meat and pet trades. TCRC is currently the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa, providing sanctuary for more than 150 orphan chimps who can live as long as 60 years. 

Take Action

  • Adopt a chimp through JGI NZ to help support the care and rehabilitation of orphaned chimpanzees at the Tchimpounga Sanctuary and aid in the functioning the JGI Global organisation.
  • Promote the Chimp Guardianship campaign at your school or community group.
  • Tchimpounga sanctuary was built to house 25 chimpanzees. Today it shelters over 150. To help us keep our promise of never turning a chimpanzee away, we are in the process of moving more than 100 chimpanzees to three forested island sites. - This is your chance to give them a life in paradise.

Adopt A Chimp

For just $25 per month*, your donations will be used to:

  • Keep a chimpanzee in the care of experienced and loving keepers.
  • Provide a chimpanzee with the food, medicine and enrichment they need to grow.
  • Support research on reintroducing rescued orphans back into wild environments.
  • Protect important wild chimpanzee populations by working with local people and governments and addressing root causes of the bush meat trade to protect key areas of forests where wild chimpanzees live.
  • Aid in the functioning of the JGI Global organisation.

As a Chimp Guardian, you will receive the following*:

  • Regular on-the-ground updates from Tchimpounga written by sanctuary staff
  • Information about the Chimp Guardian programme
  • Information about Tchimpounga Rehabilitation Centre
  • Invitations to exclusive Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand events

*Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand is a Deductible Gift Recipient and all donations have full New Zealand tax exemption as the entire donation goes to our work.  To protect our environment and in order for your donations to be fully tax deductible, we do not offer any physical products and all items will be delivered electronically via email. 

Jane Goodall Institute will then work to provide a safe home for these orphaned chimps! It’s that easy!

You can donate as an individual, group, classroom or the entire school, so ask your parents or teachers today to start your very own Chimp Champion programme!

Together we can make a change in our lives and theirs!

For further information about Chimp Guardian or supporting the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand's efforts to raise awareness about the issues bush meat trade and of arphaned animals please contact us. 

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