Founded by renowned ethologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global organisation that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.

The Jane Goodall Institute's projects in Africa are groundbreaking and globally renowned for effectively helping local people take charge of the conservation and development of their own communities, and also help the chimpanzees who they live alongside.

Jane Goodalll's Roots & Shoots is our global education programme for young people, empowering them to become involved in hands-on projects to benefit their local community, animals and the environment we all share.  In the UK Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots groups are now active in over 1,600 schools. 

A day in the life of Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of Congo

Watch this wonderful video for a true understanding of life for the chimpanzee orphans and their carers at Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of Congo.

Senegal Appeal - Research and conservation of wild chimpanzees in Senegal

The Jane Goodall Institute has been working in the south of Senegal and north of Guinea Conakry since 2009 to protect the endangered wild populations of Pan troglodytes verus.

Senegal Appeal

Thanks to our very generous supporters, we have reached our target of £15,000!

Our target is £15,000. The money will be split equally in the following three areas:

  1. Research of wild chimps: local assistants’ salaries and living expenses as well as equipment to record the behaviour of wild chimpanzees. The assistants are vital in protecting the local chimpanzee habitat. A small amount of the allocated £5,000 will go towards the running costs of the research department.
  2. Reforestation: this year the team aim to plant 700,000 trees, “living fences”, in partnership with another NGO, working with the local communities in the south of Senegal.
  3. Conservation: this money will be spent on environmental education workshops with the local community (about protection of the forest and management of natural resources & waste).

Cheempo 2016From the Fouta Jallon Research Station created by the JGI Spain, the Senegalese-Spanish team carry out their daily research work, combining local knowledge and the latest technology to collect information about the habitat and the behaviour of chimpanzees living in this area. In this video, you can see mother and baby Hiila and Cheempo playing in the wild.

At the same time, JGI has helped to create the Dindefelo Commune Natural Reserve to protect this valuable ecosystem, while working with the local community in the sustainable use of the land, reforestation, the construction of schools and other infrastructures, ecotourism, environmental education and other initiatives to empower people to manage their resources sustainably in the long term.

Donate to the Senegal Appeal

You can either pay online at or send a cheque made out to the Jane Goodall Institute UK. PLEASE MARK YOUR DONATION – SENEGAL APPEAL.

Here are some examples of what we can purchase with your donation

  • Cheempo and Mum Hilla£25 will cover a local assistant’s salary for a week to help to protect Hiila and Cheempo’s habitat
  • £50 will pay for a research assistant’s living expenses in the field for a month.
  • £50 will enable us to hold an environmental education workshop with the local community (about protection of the forest and management of natural resources & waste)
  • Reforestation£200 to support reforestation by employing two people to help with the tree nursery and reforestation programme for a month
  • JGI field assistants£300 will buy all the equipment needed for one member of the research & conservation team (including binoculars, rucksack, footwear, trousers, t-shirts, shirt, socks and other field clothes necessary in this harsh climate) for a year.
  • JGI team in Senegal£350 for a resistant photo/video camera to record the behaviour of wild chimpanzees and the threats to their habitat and share it with JGI followers.