Count me in for Conservation!
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Jane Goodall's Count me in for Conservation Campaign
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VIDEO OF WORLD'S FIRST CHIMPANZEE SNARE REMOVAL IN THE FIELD SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE!
The illegal trade in the meat of wild animals – known as bushmeat - is a major threat to endangered animals around the world and we are particularly concerned about the effect of this trade on chimpanzees, our closest living relative, with whom we share over 98% of our DNA. This year, the shocking news of the sale of wild chimpanzee meat in the UK was the subject of articles in the Mail, the Sun, Metro and News of the World.
We’re launching our Count me in for Conservation Campaign to: save the lives of wildlife affected by bushmeat, preserve habitats and forests, and support the communities that live around them. We provide: ecoguards protecting wildlife and habitats, alternative livelihoods and sources of protein for bushmeat hunters and their communities, and incomes through environmentally sensitive community development programmes.
A malnourished orphan chimpanzee sits listlessly, alone, in the market. He witnessed his mother being killed by a bushmeat hunter and is now offered for sale, a small, terrified and hungry creature. His eyes are glazed and he is thirsty, he scarcely notices the kind hands that reach out to help him. This orphan named Kauka is lucky. He has been rescued from an uncertain fate and is now thriving in JGI’s Tchimpounga sanctuary near Pointe Noire.
Here is Kauka pictured on the right, and below.
More than 150 chimpanzee orphans of the bushmeat trade are currently housed at our Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of Congo. JGI employs villagers to care for these chimpanzee and ecoguards to patrol the surrounding forests to protect the wild chimpanzees. JGI staff also work to educate the local villagers about the importance of conservation and help them develop projects that will improve their lives in an environmentally sustainable way. We also create campaigns designed to educate young people and change their behaviour in relation to hunting and eating bushmeat and engage them in Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programme.
During the past 100 years chimpanzee numbers have dropped from an estimated 1,000,000 to 2,000,000, to fewer than 200,000 spread over 20 nations in Africa. They are threatened with extinction almost everywhere JGI UK’s Count Me in for Conservation campaign aims to counter and reduce the illegal trade in wild chimpanzee meat, as well as protecting the forests where they live, by strengthening community-based conservation in villages neighbouring chimpanzee habitat, increasing the number of eco-guards we employ, continuing to educate the local communities, and monitoring the chimpanzee populations to better protect them and their forests in the Republic of Congo (one of the few countries where significant chimpanzee populations can still be found).
As Pierce Brosnan said, “Wild chimpanzees face extinction almost everywhere unless we take action. Won’t you please help the Jane Goodall Institute to continue and expand its efforts to ensure a future for chimpanzees, our closest living relatives”
Call to Action!
The campaign gives people the opportunity to join a movement run by those already expert in working on the ground in Africa to address and resolve the many problems. Here’s how you can help:
- Donate Now
- Sign Up! The more people we have who join us in this movement the more power we have to combat this devastating trade. You’ll get news and the opportunity to take some simple actions.
- Raise Funds and Awareness with a Count Me In! Day email firstname.lastname@example.org for a pack
Sir Trevor McDonald says: ‘I’m supporting Jane Goodall’s Count me in for Conservation Campaign because I recognise the devastating effect that the bushmeat trade has on local environments.’
Our campaign goal is £320,000 and we will use this money to:
- Employ more ecoguards so that we can protect more wildlife and habitat;
- Further our education programmes both in Africa and the UK; and, most vitally
- Contribute to developing the infrastructure on three islands in the Kouilou River near our Tchimpounga sanctuary so that the older chimpanzees – many of whom are now adult - can be relocated there in much more spacious and natural environment. The Congolese government helped us to acquire these islands and wants to cooperate with JGI to develop eco-tourism projects in the near future.
What we have achieved:
- In the past 5 years JGI staffers have removed over 10,000 snares (pic of JGI wardens with snares they removed from the forest)
- Outfitted and trained 300 ecoguards
- Broadened reach of the education and environmental awareness programmes to more than 250,000 young people in Africa
- Collected over 186,000 signatures on JGI petitions to raise awareness of critical threats to chimpanzee survival
- Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programme operates in more than 125 countries with some 16,000 active groups (a group is average 30 individuals). Each group is involved in hands-on projects to improve things for people, animals and the environment.
Join us in standing up for our local and global communities, and make the world a better place for all. Every individual counts, every individual makes a difference. Stand up for orphans like Kauka, be counted in today and join our ‘Count me in for Conservation Campaign’.
Katie Melua says: ‘I’m supporting Jane Goodall’s Count me in for Conservation Campaign because I believe that children in Africa can make a difference in their own communities and should have a stable future where they don’t need to rely on the bushmeat trade.’
Kwezi the snared chimpanzee is now thriving, having completely recovered from his ordeal. If he hadn't received this attention his hand would have become infected and he could have died or been permanently disabled.