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Why does the Jane Goodall Institute help chimpanzees?

In 1960 Jane Goodall began what is now the longest running field research project into chimpanzees. They were her inspiration for helping conserve the environment and help local communities who have to live in harmony with chimpanzees for both to survive. She did not want her grandchildren to live in a world where there were no more chimpanzees. Chimpanzees also tell us much about human development as they are our closest relatives in the animal world. New scientific discoveries are still being made through humane research at the Gombe based world class research centre.

Why do you include support for community and conservation projects in what you do?

Communities, conservation and chimpanzees are inseparably linked. A future for one relies on a future for all.  Local communities are responsible for the local environment, and are the custodians of conservation initiatives that allow them and the chimpanzees to have a sustainable future.

Why is there a youth education part of your work?

Working on today’s problems is a waste of time if we do not leave the work in the hands of caring competent people in the future. Young people are responsible for the future of our planet, and inspiring them to take part in that future and see themselves as part of the whole world is a key part of Jane Goodall’s vision. 

How many chimps do you care for at Tchimpounga sanctuary?

Although Tchimpounga reserve was intended for around 60 chimpanzees it now houses over 160 chimpanzees, 6 Mandrills and 4 monkeys.

How many people have you helped?

It’s impossible to say just how far our outreach has extended to improve the lives of people around the world, but here are some figures that might help: 138,885 people in 24 villages in the Gombe ecosystem alone, a further five villages in the Masito-Ugalla ecosystem, plus  a thousand of the most vulnerable children in Kigoma with food, healthcare and education, around 8,000 students given HIV/AIDS and reproductive health counselling in Uganda and over 2,000 children in schools given equipment to help them learn.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots groups in over 130 countries also involve hundreds of thousands of children working to help their local and global community.

What does Dr Jane Goodall do now?

Jane Goodall is on the road more than 300 days per year. At any given time, she could be on any continent. On any given day, she could be speaking to a group of students, meeting with government officials to discuss conservation issues, sitting before television cameras being interviewed, or meeting with donors to raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute.

Can I get a chimpanzee as a pet?

No, it is illegal to keep a chimpanzee as a pet in the UK.  Click here to read more about Jane’s views on keeping chimps as pets.

I saw a chimpanzee in a zoo and it looked really cold and unhappy – what does the Jane Goodall Institute think about chimpanzees in zoos?

In l984 Jane initiated JGI’s ChimpanZoo programme in a selected group of American zoos. While this has a research component, one of its main functions is to improve the lives of the individual chimpanzees, especially through providing enrichment activities. Keepers and administrators are involved, and once a year a conference brings together zoo staff and researchers to share information and discuss problems.

ChimpanZoo is being implemented in various other countries around the world today. Unfortunately there are hundreds of chimpanzees kept in extremely poor conditions even today. Sometimes it is possible to close such zoos and move animals into sanctuaries. (Which JGI has done in Congo Brazzaville and, for some chimpanzees, in Uganda).  Often, though, the best we can do is to enrich the lives of the prisoners as much as possible. And we have manuals, translated into various languages, describing simple ways to provide enrichment.

In an ideal world all animals would live lives of freedom in the wild, safe from interference by human beings. The sad reality is that a relatively large proportion of the remaining wild chimpanzees live surrounded by human induced dangers. A good zoo can provide a home for animals that may be preferable to many places in the wild, and which is, of course, infinitely preferable to a life of servitude in medical research laboratories or entertainment (circus, movies, advertising).

Can I get in touch with Jane Goodall?


Jane enjoys hearing from people interested in chimpanzees and in her work. She receives hundreds of letters and answers as many as she can, particularly letters from children. Those she can't find the time to answer she passes along to colleagues who respond on her behalf.

How do I ask Dr Goodall to speak at my school, event or for an interview?

Jane Goodall welcomes the opportunity to speak to groups in both public and private settings. She travels and speaks more than 300 days per year, and her schedule is booked up far in advance. Unfortunately, Jane receives far more speaking invitations than she is able to accept. Venues at which Jane speaks include: public and university lectures, Corporate events, Schools.

To request an appearance please complete the speaker request form and send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including the following information: 

  • Contact information:  Organisation name, Name of primary contact, Primary contact's email address, mailing address and phone number, Type of event (lecture, keynote, luncheon, school event, etc.)
  • Event information: Is the event public or private? If it is private, who is the sponsoring organisation and will they benefit from Jane's appearance? Event venue (name of hall, school, etc.). Event address. Proposed date(s) and time(s) of the event, including alternate dates if possible. Preliminary event schedule (if available). Number of expected attendees. Audience demographic (i.e. general public, students, educators, scientists, business people, etc.). If tickets will be sold, please provide price range.
  • Speaker's fee offered
  • Any other pertinent information (250 words max.)

Dr Goodall and her team seriously consider each request and weigh them against her limited time and increasing demands. We will respond to each request as promptly as possible; please allow two-three weeks for processing. Please consider other Jane Goodall Institute speakers if Dr Goodall is unable to accept your invitation

I’m doing a project on chimpanzees – can you help?

Please look through our website, the list of links, and at the Jane Goodall Institute US website ( for more information. If you still need help, get in touch and we’ll try and point you in the right direction.