One of the ways the Jane Goodall Institute protects wild chimpanzees and other primates is through the Tchimpounga sanctuary and by supporting law enforcement efforts to reduce illegal trafficking.
JGI also raises awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species. Without sanctuaries, law enforcement officers who confiscate chimpanzees from great ape traffickers or hunters would have no place to take them. Raising awareness is critically important as well. Local communities have become increasingly aware that they should alert law enforcement agencies about poachers and that hunting great apes is illegal. We are now seeing an increase in arrests and prosecutions as a result of greater application of the law. Even so, we must continue to work towards better protection of chimpanzees.