Jane Goodall Institute given grant


USAID has just implemented a US$5.5 million grant to the Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania to boost the institute’s capacity for expanded operations, further research, and added protection of chimpanzees found in several locations across that east African country, like at Gombe Stream National Park or on Rabongo Island in Lake Victoria. Jane is globally acknowledged to be a leading expert in chimpanzee research, a tireless advocate for the protection of the species and has, in particular in Tanzania, managed to work hand in hand with local communities, putting tens of thousands of hectares of forests under community protection and subsequently benefitting from community-based, eco-tourism projects, with visitors coming from around the entire world to see “mankind’s closest relative” in the wild.

The institute is also present in Uganda, where their offices in Entebbe were equally thrilled to hear about the latest financial support granted to the organization through the generosity of the United States Agency for International Development – USAID. Like in Tanzania, the Ugandan branch is engaged in research, advocacy, educational programs, and the general support for the protection of chimpanzees, which can be seen in several national parks and game reserves across the country, but importantly also on Ngamba Island, near Entebbe, which is a dedicated island refuge for rescued chimps.