It all started here.

In Africa’s “Chimpscapes”, or areas where chimpanzees, people, and the environment are inextricably bound.

Jane Goodall landed in Tanzania in 1960 to observe our closest-living relative, the chimpanzee. Thanks to her work, we know that chimpanzees and other species are sentient beings who help keep the fabric of our planet intact. “Chimpscapes” are in need of our protection.

In accordance with Jane’s community-centred approach to conservation, all our work in Africa’s “Chimpscapes” is done in partnership with local communities. We support them in developing solutions that serve animals, people, and the environments they share. Like growing sunflower corridors that help prevent human-animal conflict. Or helping local women produce and sell firewood alternatives, preserving forests for chimpanzees. It’s important, complicated work, and we humbly invite you to join us.

Active Programs

Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center

The centre provides life-saving care for chimpanzees who have been victims of human impacts like deforestation and illegal trafficking.

Building Community Resilience to Climate Change in Senegal

We’re supporting partners in Senegal, particularly women, to implement nature-based solutions to climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental inequity.

Photo: Maraîchage Badiari

Gombe Stream Research Centre

Founded to advance Dr. Goodall’s revolutionary findings, the Gombe Stream Research Centre is a living laboratory, home to the world’s most studied group of wild chimpanzees. 

Jane Goodall looking out onto green hills of Africa. Used on the Join Team Goodall page for the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, encouraging people to give monthly to the Institute and Jane Goodall's legacy.

Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (COSME)

The COSME project supports climate-resilient, equitable economies within communities relying on coastal and marine ecosystems, especially women. By implementing nature-based solutions, the project will maintain the health of coastal regions, support more sustainable livelihoods, and prepare for climate change challenges. All with a focus on gender equity and youth empowerment. Over 49,000 people will participate in COSME, including 26,000 women and girls.

Femmes en Action

This project aims to help women become more resilient to climate change, and to contribute to the conservation and restoration of natural spaces. Drawing on the expertise of numerous partners, this project also aims to improve food security, incomes, and living conditions for women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Photo: Caritas de Goma

Past Programs

We’ve been working in Africa’s Chimpscapes for decades. Learn more about past community collaborations that have made a real difference.

Delivering Healthy Futures

Between 2016 and 2020, in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we implemented Delivering Healthy Futures: a maternal, newborn, and child health initiative in 20 villages along an important wildlife corridor of the Eastern DRC. This project embraced the relationship between human and wildlife health, and worked to protect both.

 

International Aboriginal Youth Internships

Starting in 2018, in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, the IAYI project provides Indigenous youth from Canada with internship opportunities in Uganda. Interns help promote the connection between people, animals, and the environment. They work on environmental education, gender equality and sustainability issues. And help inspire local young people to think and act sustainably.

 

Sustainable Livelihoods

The Sustainable Livelihoods project benefitted thousands of people living throughout the Hoima District in western Uganda. The project worked with local partners to provide communities with long-term income generation, which supported the protection of an important forest corridor that’s critical to chimpanzee habitats.

I am living in the Africa I have always longed for, always felt stirring in my blood.

Dr. Jane Goodall