Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center
Jane Goodall Institute, JGI-Congo, public donations
Adoption Program: Select chimpanzees can be sponsored the JGI Guardian Program. For more information, please contact www.janegoodall.org. Also, Tchimpounga receives support through the Fauna Foundations’ Adopt-a-Chimp program at www.adopt-a-chimp.com.
The Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary was built by the Conoco petroleum company for JGI in 1992, and lies approximately 30 miles north of Pointe Noire. Tchimpounga is the largest chimpanzee sanctuary on the African continent – caring for over 125 injured and unwanted apes – and the population has increased by 20 percent in the last two years.
Among Tchimpounga’s more famous inhabitants is Gregoire, an elderly male chimpanzee that lived in a tiny cage at the Brazzaville Zoo for more than 50 years, until he was transferred to Tchimpounga in 1997. Today, Gregoire lives happily with a female in a large, sunny enclosure.
Tchimpounga boasts an impressive conservation education program in association with JGI-Congo and is currently examining possible release sites as it prepares to reintroduce some of its chimpanzees back into the wild. In 2004, Tchimpounga was renamed Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center to better reflect the organization’s commitment to primate care.
Jane Goodall Institute-Congo
B. P. 1206
Republic of Congo
T: 242 5925811