The Jane Goodall Institute's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (TCRC) in the Republic of Congo is home to more than 150 orphaned chimpanzees. The chimps, victims of the illegal commercial bush meat trade, often arrive at the sanctuary sick, malnourished, and close to death. Under the skillful care of Tchimpounga's dedicated staff, these chimpanzees receive a second chance at life.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The most basic need for the chimpanzees at Tchimpounga is food. Originally designed to house 30 chimpanzees, today there are more than 150 chimps at the sanctuary! It costs about $19,500 a month to feed these chimpanzees. With your help, we can reach our goal: to provide six month's worth of food for the chimps at Tchimpounga ($117,000). In the past six months alone, Tchimpounga has welcomed six new infants! We need your help to ensure that these fragile orphans get a second chance.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Tchimpounga chimpanzees sleep in spacious enclosures and have large areas of forests to roam through by day. By exploring natural habitat together, they develop the social skills necessary for their long-term well-being. A full-grown chimpanzee leading a healthy active life eats approximately 250 lbs. of fruits and vegetables a month, plus 30 lbs. of other staples like rice, milk and cereal.
Potential Long Term Impact
JGI is committed to expanding its facilities to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of the animals under its care, as well as the safety of JGI's dedicated staff. With the cooperation and assistance of the Congolese government and other partners, JGI is working to relocate 60 of the largest and strongest chimpanzees from the existing TCRC site to Tchindzoulou Island, one of the three islands in the Kouilou River, with the hopes of one day releasing some of them back into the wild.
Total Funding Received to Date: $139,275
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $7,725
Total Funding Goal: $147,000