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New baby at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre
As a sanctuary, the Jane Goodall Institute endeavours to provide the rescued chimpanzees at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre with as natural an environment as possible. In the wild, chimpanzees live in multi-male and multi-female groups, and so many of Tchimpounga’s groups include both males and females. Each of the females in these groups is setup with a contraceptive protocol to help prevent pregnancy. Captive born babies have little chance of surviving in the wild, and thus JGI strives to prevent babies from being born in a captive environment.
Golfi, one of the female chimpanzees living at Tchimpounga recently gave birth to an infant. Golfi became pregnant during a period of time when she was a part of a release programme with another organization attempting to release her and other chimpanzees back into the wild. During this time Golfi was not receiving all of the elements of her contraceptive protocol and thus became pregnant.
Subsequently, Golfi was transferred to Tchimpounga and is now living on Tchibebe Island with the other chimpanzees JGI cares for. After Golfi gave birth, she and her infant were placed with a smaller group of chimpanzees to allow them both time to adjust within a calmer group of close friends. Her infant was named “Guy” after one of the staff who has cared for Golfi for many years. Baby “Guy” is doing well and Golfi is proving to be an excellent mother.
The JGI UK Board has sent £5,000 to help the team at the Tacugama Sanctuary in Sierra Leone manage the severe impact of Ebola on their operations. Do please spread the word and support this appeal. Primates are impacted by Ebola both directly and through the social impact on those managing sanctuaries/reserves. Saving human lives in this medical and societal disaster is critically important; helping maintain healthy and viable chimpanzee populations is also so. www.tacugama.com
Jane Goodall, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and actor Leonardo DiCaprio were among 310,000 people who marched through New York City for the Peoples' Climate March. It was said to be the largest climate rally in history, with 2,808 coordinated events in 166 countries.
Dr Jane Goodall & Ian Redmond join BUAV to speak out against the plight of wild baboons in Kenya
World famous primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall, DBE Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace and distinguished field biologist and conservationist Ian Redmond OBE, have joined the BUAV to raise concerns about the sad plight of wild-caught baboons used in research in Kenya. An investigation carried out by the BUAV uncovered the capture and captivity of wild baboons held at the Institute of Primate Research in Nairobi under conditions which seriously compromised their welfare and breached international guidelines.
Jane Goodall, PhD., DBE and UN Messenger of Peace, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute told the BUAV: ‘I have watched the video that shows, in graphic detail, the conditions endured by some of the baboons at the Institute of Primate Research in Nairobi. I was shocked and deeply distressed to see these intelligent primates - we have been studying them at Gombe National Park since 1966 - being kept in the conditions depicted in your film. These cages are very far removed from the conditions dictated by today’s animal welfare guidelines. In most countries these conditions would not be tolerated and those responsible would be forced to clean up their act.
During an 18 month investigation, ordered by the Director of the National Institutes of Health in the USA, a team of experts found that NOT ONE EXPERIMENT being carried out on the Institute’s chimpanzees was beneficial to human health. And the Director ordered almost all of the more than 300 chimpanzees to be retired to sanctuaries. And chimpanzees are far closer to humans than baboons. So that a similar investigation might well reveal similar results.
Any caring and compassionate person will feel as angry and sad as I do after viewing the video. In my professional opinion the facility – at least as depicted in the video – should be closed down.’
Field biologist and conservationist, Ian Redmond OBE. stated: ‘Wildlife tourism is one of the mainstays of the Kenyan economy, and many Kenyans dedicate their life to protecting wild animals. They - and the millions of tourists with happy memories of watching the fascinating behaviour of baboon family life - will be shocked to hear that these intelligent social animals are being abused in a biomedical laboratory in Kenya. Baboons and other primates have a role to play in Africa's ecosystems (which benefit us all) and have no place in out-dated research methods like this in the 21st century. I urge the Kenya Government to end such invasive experiments before outraged tourists vote with their feet.’
To find out more about the investigation please visit: http://bit.ly/CaptiveCruelty
Please add your voice alongside these leading primatologists and help save the baboons of Kenya: http://bit.ly/WildBaboons
Donate & Win
Make a donation today (11 April 2014) in respect of Jane Goodall’s 80th birthday and be in with a chance of winning this wonderful art work of Jane and a chimpanzee by artist Auriel Roe.
Jane Goodall Portrait
“When I saw the short film about Wounda I was inspired to do a little bit to help her and other chimpanzees who have been orphaned and those who have been nursed back to health by the Jane Goodall Institute. The numbers of chimpanzees in the wild has diminished at a shocking rate and it is our responsibility to stop this downward spiral. In the film Jane Goodall says she would like to be able to establish her sanctuary for chimpanzees in time for her 80th birthday in April so I decided to raise some money to help this come about through my skills in art.” Auriel Roe
If you would like to make a donation in respect of Jane’s 80th birthday and be in with a chance of winning the finished piece of art, please go to Auriel’s fundraising page
Framed portrait of Jane and a young chimpanzee in soft pastels approximately 65cm X 50cm
We would like to thank Henk de Weerd for his very generous donation which has sponsored the Mandrill Project at Tchimpounga Sanctuary.
Watch her enjoy her new home at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre in the Republic of Congo.
Thank you to Clare Haxby for donation!
We would like to offer a big thank you to, Clare Haxby, a British born artist living in Singapore, for her donation to the Jane Goodall Institute. Clare held a solo show at The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore called ‘Singapore Landmarks’ and pledged 10% of the sales to JGI.
The Jane Goodall Institute UK has moved office
We've moved! Our new postal address is listed below. All e-mail addresses remain the same.
The Jane Goodall Institute UK
Suite 2, M Shed
Tel: 01590 679573
Chimp and a Spider - £600
Geraldine Simmons, AFC
Wildlife Artist for Conservation
Whale of a Time Artist
Geraldine has very kindly offered half of the sale price as a donation to the work of the Jane Goodall Institute. If you are interested in purchasing the painting please contact Irene Schleining at:
Whale of a Time, e-mail: email@example.com Tel: 020 8123 0325
Dimensions: 84 cm x 60 cm
The print will be sent on plane canvas without frame in a roll.
Geraldine Simmons joined the Whale of a Time Community of environmentally conscious artists raising awareness of endangered species through capturing the beauty in nature and inspiring others to take care of our planet.
Geraldine says, "I am so grateful for the magnificent wildlife that graces our world that inspires me to draw from my soul. I have been drawing and painting wildlife for more than 20 years where many of my works have been selected for exhibitions by invitation for animal protection campaigns. The
purpose of my art is to communicate that the world’s animals are not just mere commodities; to be exploited, used or forgotten."
As a Whale of a Time Artist you may view Geraldine's profile in the Whale of a Time Community at http://www.whaleofatime.org