Jane Goodall: Orphan Chimps In Crisis
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Subj: Jane Goodall: Orphan chimpanzees in crisis! Jane needs your help!
Date: 6/11/2003 11:36:56 PM Eastern Standard Time
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From: Jane Goodall
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 1:09 PM
Subject: Orphan chimpanzees in crisis! Jane needs your help!
Topics: Jane Goodall JGI Worldwide Chimpanzees Roots & Shoots Africa Programs
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Infants often arrive malnourished and sickly . . .
. . . . but can regain their health under the attentive care of Tchimpounga
Photos: Shirley Glyn
Feeding time at the sanctuary
Photo: Koen Margodt
Dear JGI Friend,
We urgently need your help.
In the Republic of Congo, where the Jane Goodall Institute cares for orphan
chimpanzees who’ve lost their mothers forever to poachers, we are facing a
crisis. Every few weeks, it seems, the Congo authorities hand over another
chimpanzee to our caretakers at the sanctuary. Usually these poor infant chimps are
malnourished, injured, or sick – sometimes they’re so gaunt their ribs
protrude or they’ve lost their hair. Always, they are traumatized.
They can regain their health at the sanctuary, but it has a limited holding
capacity. With each new arrival, we come closer to the day when we’ll have to
turn away a frightened young chimp. And then we will have to turn away another,
and then another.
These orphans cannot survive in the wild – imagine leaving a two-year-old
human child alone in a big city and expecting it to survive.
Since 1992 the Tchimpounga Sanctuary has been a refuge for these victims of
the illegal, commercial bushmeat trade. The chimps at Tchimpounga sleep in
spacious enclosures and have large areas of secured forest and grasslands to roam
by day. As they explore the natural habitat together, they develop the social
skills necessary for their well-being.
Unfortunately, the sanctuary is designed to house 80 chimpanzees. Today, it
houses 115. In fact, the sanctuary has seen a 20 percent increase in its
population just in the last year.
To avoid compromising our quality of care, we desperately need to expand
Tchimpounga’s facilities. We must build another infant dormitory and erect new
solar-powered fencing to enlarge the forest enclosure. For these projects, we’re
seeking your financial help. We hope to raise $125,000 in the coming weeks.
Every gift, even small ones, will help us reach this goal.
I want to share one more point with you about Tchimpounga. Even as we operate
a sanctuary, we’re working to end the violent, illegal trade that makes it
necessary. In the communities outside the sanctuary, we conduct awareness
campaigns about the problems of eating primates (which include disease
transmission), and about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to all of us. We
also are implementing JGI’s “community-centered conservation” approach –
based on our TACARE program in Tanzania, which is funded by the European Union and
is in its ninth year. This approach means we’ll be helping to develop
sustainable livelihoods in the villages, while providing services in education and
I hope you will help us with our immediate needs at Tchimpounga. (Please
click here to support our work.) Your assistance will make such a difference for
these young chimpanzees across all those miles, these amazing creatures who had
such a tragic start to their lives.
I hope you find it in your heart to help.
Thank you for being a part of JGI’s global community of concerned
If you'd like to help, please go to:
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