In honor of humans’ closest cousin, World Chimpanzee Day is a celebration
of chimpanzees and an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital
need for worldwide participation in their care, protection, and conservation
in the wild and in captivity.
The goals of World Chimpanzee Day are to:
The founding organizations for World Chimpanzee Day aim to empower communities everywhere to take action on behalf of chimpanzees to ensure a secure and hopeful future for this magnificent species.
Saturday 28 July
Mt Coot-tha Forest, Brisbane
Please join us as we walk the Fairywren and Eugenia Circuits (about 3.5km) from the GreyGum Picnic Area in the Mount Coot-tha Reserve.
Saturday 28 July
Loop Project Space & Bar, Melbourne
Please join us for a free screening of the National Geographic documentary about Jane Goodall.
Through the groundbreaking research of Dr. Jane Goodall and the scientists who followed her, we now know so much more about the many behaviors we share with our great ape cousins, including tool making and use, communication, and altruism, among so many others. The more we learn, the more important it is that we celebrate our connection and responsibility to protect these complex and intelligent beings.
Chimpanzees are highly endangered. 100 years ago, there were an estimated 1-2 million chimpanzees across 25 countries in Africa. Today, there are as few as 350,000 wild chimpanzees across the continent of Africa. We must each do our part to turn those numbers around, by ending habitat loss, illegal pet and bush meat trades, and all of the other threats facing our closest living relatives.
Chimpanzees are kept in captivity in a variety of settings including biomedical research, the entertainment industry, as illegal “pets” or in roadside “zoos”. In these environments, they are deprived of essential physical, emotional and especially social needs. This observance aims to educate the public and promote legislation to end these conditions, increasing the welfare and rights of all captive chimps.
Did you know chimpanzees share nearly 98.6% of their genes with humans? They are our closest human relative and are also highly endangered. Chimp populations habe declined by 70% since the turn of the century, and if nothing is done they will decline a further 80% over the next 30 years. We still have time to reverse this trend, but only if we act now. If we don't then one day soon there may be no chimpanzees left in the wild.
On this day in 1960, Dr Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, first set foot in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, to begin her research on the incredible lives of wild chimpanzees. Through the groundbreaking research of Dr Jane Goodall and those scientists that followed her, we now know so much more about all of the behaviors we share with our great ape cousins, like tool making and use, compassion, and so many others. The more we learn, the more we must also realize our connection and responsibility to protect these complex and intelligent beings.
We work with local communities and goverments to implement conservation action plans for key chimpanzee habitat, increase protected habitats and create 'green corridors' to link isolated chimpanzee populations in the wild.
To help the young, orphaned victims of poaching, we provide the care of more than 150 chimpanzees at JGI’s Tchimpounga Sanctuary. Often these chimpanzees arrive injured, sick and malnourished and need intensive medical invtervention.
We work to end the illegal commercial wildlife trade through education and awareness programs in local communities and by working with governments to change policies. We also work with local communities to improve their incomes and their capacity to take care of natural resources.