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The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

In December of 2016, The Youssef-Warren Foundation donated to The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.

The Jane Goodall Institute is a global, non-profit organization that continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering work on chimpanzee ecology, behaviour and protection.  Central to the organization’s mission is the promotion of wildlife conservation, in particular chimpanzee sustainability, through research, education and community conservation.

The Foundation’s contribution was to The Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo where funding is to be used for food and veterinary expenses at the Tchimpounga sanctuary.    In addition, our funding will also be used for the mandrill release program in Conkouati-Douli National Park. The Youssef-Warren Foundation is a long time donor to The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and as such the Foundation’s contributions have been essential to the successful care and conservation of wild chimpanzees and mandrills, a designated threatened species. 

The Foundation has been a very long time contributor to JGI.  In July of 2015, George Youssef and his wife, Susan Warren, travelled to Pointe Noire, the Republic of Congo. The purpose of the trip was to check on the progress made with regard to the expansion of the sanctuary that commenced in July 2012. The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) was successful in securing the land necessary to expand the sanctuary. The expansion is by building facilities on three islands on the Kouilou River.

The current sanctuary facilities are dated and over-crowded. This has been alleviated somewhat by moving some of the Chimpanzees while the facilities are being built.    Excellent progress has been made so far. Several buildings are complete and as mentioned previously, some Chimpanzees have been moved to two of the islands.  The islands represent an ideal habitat for the Chimpanzees in terms of the natural environment and safety.

The current sanctuary will continue to house some of the Chimpanzees that cannot be moved. When the expansion is complete, which is anticipated in 2017, the two facilities will be capable of handling 200 Chimpanzees, a significant increase from the current 140. This increase is expected to be adequate for the foreseeable future as there is a notable slowdown in the number of Chimpanzees being confiscated. In addition research is continuing on the re-introduction program which should also alleviate the need for more space.

In preparation for the Chimpanzee re-introduction, a pilot program using Mandrill Monkeys has been in progress for two years. This program has been very successful and is encouraging with regard to the future re-introduction of Chimpanzees.

For more information on the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, visit their web-site at www.janegoodall.ca