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On this incredible 7-day journey, guests will spend time at the world-class Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa. Closed to the general public, this exclusive access opportunity is not to be missed.

The Republic of Congo is home to JGI’s Tchimpounga sanctuary, where selected groups of donors are invited to see rescued chimpanzees up close in their new home. This opportunity is exclusively available for JGI supporters. Don’t miss your chance to see this world-class facility!

In addition to the sanctuary, guests will spend quality time with JGI’s Republic of Congo team, visiting local communities surrounding the Tchimpounga Reserve and seeing Roots & Shoots projects first-hand. These neighbouring villages are very important to regional conservation and JGI works closely with them to hire caregivers and EcoGuards.

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Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center

Surrounded by 129,000 acres of dense rainforest and savannah, the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center is the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa. For nearly 25 years, Tchimpounga has provided life-saving rehabilitation and protection to sick, malnourished and injured orphan chimpanzees rescued from markets and homes by local authorities in the fight against wildlife trafficking and poaching. Today, more than 140 chimpanzees live at Tchimpounga where they are given a second chance at life. One of these remarkable chimps is Wounda, who was famously filmed hugging Dr. Goodall after her release onto her new island home.

Roots & Shoots in Republic of Congo

Roots & Shoots empowers young people to address sustainability challenges in their communities. Bringing this program to communities where deforestation and poaching are ongoing threats is a crucial step in developing long-term conservation strategies. Staff at the Jane Goodall Institute in the Congo are strengthening the capacity of teachers based in nature reserves by introducing them to Roots & Shoots. JGI provides teachers with training and program resources such as community mapping materials and lesson plans. By implementing this program into their classrooms, teachers can help inspire and motivate the next generation to steward and defend the natural world.

 

Conkouati-Douli National Park

Conkouati-Douli National Park is a UNESCO national park along the coast of the Republic of Congo. The park is home to wild animals including chimpanzees, elephants, gorillas, leopards, and mandrills. JGI Rep. of Congo manages a Mandrill Release Program in this area, rescuing Mandrills kept as illegal pets and rehabilitating them at Tchimpounga sanctuary before releasing them into the freedom of the rainforest. JGI has successfully reintroduced several mandrills into Conkouati-Douli National Park and staff are monitoring the animals’ health on an ongoing basis.

What Stories Will You Tell?

Pictures tell a thousands words, and we know this once in a lifetime trip
will surely leave you speechless.

Travel costs for Congo: $15,000 CAD per person and include:

All tour related costs in country
(accommodations, meals, sanctuary and park fees, and on-the-ground transportation)

JGI Republic of Congo and JGI Canada staff and administration costs

*Trip costs are exclusive of airfare. The majority of the funds raised from these trips go directly towards JGI projects in Africa. Therefore a significant portion of the trip fee will be tax deductible and a tax receipt will be issued post-trip, once final expenses are determined.

(A $2,000 CAD non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your spot.)

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Inspiring People & Partners

Dr. Rebeca Atencia: A True Chimp Champion

Rebeca, whose partner Fernando and their two children Carel and Kutu also live at the sanctuary, has dedicated her life to rehabilitating chimpanzees, often orphaned because of illegal hunting. Typically, the chimps are terrified, malnourished and depressed when they first arrive. Rebeca assigns each chimp to an experienced caregiver who acts very much like a surrogate mother, providing the little chimps with the love and care they need to regain a sense of security, confidence and zest for life.

Often, the first step for Rebeca is gaining the chimpanzee’s trust. Once that bond is established, it can last a lifetime.

Image: JGI/Fernando Turmo

Canine Detection Unit: Kivuli & Ranger

In the Republic of the Congo illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to wildlife and human communities. JGI’s sniffer dogs and trainers keep Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center and surrounding areas in the region safe. Canine trainers teach these dogs to sniff out dangerous/illegal objects — such as weapons or ammunition — and evidence of illegal wildlife crime—such as chimpanzee hair — in cars, bags, crates, and more.

Trainers form close bonds of trust with their canine co-workers through daily care and play, allowing them to work more effectively as a team. With the help of canines JGI is able to prevent and diminish illegal wildlife trade.

Image: JGI/US