the Jane Goodall Institute


We are a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.


Dr. Jane Goodall discovered that when we put local communities at the heart of conservation, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. JGI advances Dr. Goodall’s holistic approach through a tapestry of nine programs that build on each other and bring the power of community-centered conservation to life.


Conservation Science

We use the latest scientific discoveries and technologies to solve some of the world’s toughest conservation challenges. This knowledge and these tools enable us to monitor habitat health, human impacts, and map distribution of chimpanzees and other great apes to inform conservation actions and management decisions.



When Jane Goodall speaks, people listen.  We use our voice as an organization to speak up on the issues that matter for the long-term well-being of humans, other animals and the planet we all share.


Protecting Chimpanzees & Other Great Apes

At Tchimpounga Sanctuary in the Republic of Congo and in areas across Tanzania, Uganda, DRC and Congo, JGI works to protect chimpanzees and other great apes against disease transmission, illegal hunting and poaching, and human-wildlife conflict.


Public Awareness & Environmental Education

Poaching and trafficking for the bushmeat and exotic pet trades are some of the biggest threats facing chimpanzees. We help communities understand and adhere to the laws that protect these species.


Healthy Habitats

We work with local communities and governmental and organizational partners to develop and implement conservation action plans for key chimpanzee habitat to support the genetic and cultural diversity of chimpanzees in the wild.


Roots & Shoots

Our global youth leadership program flourishes in nearly 100 countries. Through Roots & Shoots, participants identify and address problems in their communities, while becoming the compassionate leaders our planet needs.


Gender, Health & Conservation

We empower young women through education and by providing access to family planning, high-quality healthcare and clean water. Equipped with these tools, they can create a better future for themselves, their families and the environment.


Sustainable Livelihoods

We work with communities living in or near chimpanzee habitat to launch alternative livelihood projects that improve their incomes and their capacity to take care of natural resources.



Building on Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research at Gombe Stream Research Center, we continue to learn about wild chimpanzee populations and lead ground-breaking research on mandrills and other primates.




the Jane Goodall Institute – USA Headquarters
1595 Spring Hill Rd, Suite 550
Vienna, Virginia 22182
United States

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  • Mission
  • Our work builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision.
  • Specifically, we seek to:
  • -Improve global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy
  • -Contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities
  • -Create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them.

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