Chimpanzees are central to our work. They are among the five species of great apes, alongside gorillas, orang-utans, bonobos and humans. Since we share 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees, they are our our closest relatives.

The number of chimpanzees worldwide has declined dramatically. Whereas there were 1 million chimpanzees a century ago, only 340,000 remain in the wild today, and they are threatened with extinction. This is largely due to habitat loss through deforestation, the killing and abduction of chimpanzees for illegal trade, conflicts between humans and chimpanzees, and zoonotic diseases.

At JGI, we are engaged in building scientific knowledge about chimpanzees, influencing decision-making to benefit chimpanzees, working to raise awareness around their plight, and working with communities to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. We catch orphaned chimpanzees and advocate for a better future for all chimpanzees, both in the wild and in captivity.


For just €130 a year, you can offer chimpanzees protection in their natural habitat or help care for rescued chimpanzees.

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These chimpanzees reside at the Chimp Eden sanctuary but are unable to return to their natural habitat because they have been traumatised. Help us give them a good life.

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These chimpanzees live in the Dindéfelo Community Nature Reserve. At the nature reserve, they are protected and cared for. The chimpanzees are also part of ongoing research that builds on Dr. Goodall's work and helps provide data to protect habitats and educate people.

"Chimpanzees, more than any other living creature,
have helped us to understand that there is no sharp line
between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom."
- Jane Goodall

Protection of wild chimpanzees

Jane Goodall Institute’s program for the research and conservation of chimpanzees and sustainable management of natural resources takes place in Kédougou, Senegal and across the border in Guinea. The centre of the activities is Dindéfélo Community Nature reserve and its adjacent areas. 

Kédougou is one of the few regions with chimpanzees in Senegal. They have become critically endangered. Many chimpanzee populations have become isolated in patches of forest which threatens their survival. Their biggest threats are human inflicted deforestation along with construction of infrastructure, such as dams, powerlines, and roads. The Dindéfélo Community was created to protect these critically endangered primates and are strong advocates in the community to raise awareness.


Caring for rescued chimpanzees

Chimp Eden Sanctuary is a chimpanzee rehabilitation centre in South Africa. Located in Umhloti Nature Reserve, it is home to more than 30 rescued chimpanzees, all victims of illegal trade or poaching. 

Chimp Eden was established in 2006 and is still the only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. The goal is to rescue chimpanzees that have survived the bushmeat trade, been orphaned, traded in the illegal pet market, or rescued from being abused for entertainment in circuses, beach resorts and nightclubs.

The chimpanzees at Chimp Eden are the lucky ones, living out their lives in a risk free environment and being provided with the necessary attention to recover from the trauma they have experienced.

Chimp Zinda fishing for termites in Gombe (by Nick Riley) Your donation will be used to restore nature in Belgium and Africa, and to provide help and protection to chimpanzees. We believe it is important to be transparent about the impact of your donation. You can read a full overview of how your donation is used in our annual report.

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