JGI's Chimp Guardians make wishes come true
TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - When she arrived, Anzac was so small, the vet team had to weigh her using a food scale. At a mere 2.7kg, she was one of the smallest chimps to arrive at JGI's Tchimpounga Sanctuary. Anzac was also missing an arm, most likely from being caught in a metal trap.
Today, Anzac is an outgoing and adventurous little chimpanzee. She tucks food under her missing arm to eat later when she wants a snack. Anzac is well looked after at the sanctuary.
If Dr. Jane Goodall's beloved chimpanzees could make a wish list this holiday season, they would probably ask for a safe home, plenty of food, the freedom to swing through the trees, and friendly neighbours.
Canadians have the opportunity to make these wishes come true through JGI's Chimp Guardian program. Whether it's a gift for a loved one or becoming a Chimp Guardian yourself, the funds raised through Chimp Guardians go directly towards providing a safe haven for orphaned and injured chimpanzees at JGI's sanctuary in the Republic of Congo, and protecting chimps from extensive habitat loss.
Only 60 years ago, 2 million chimpanzees lived in the forests of 25 African nations. Today, only five countries have significant populations of wild chimps, and their numbers have dwindled to between 150,000 and 300,000. If we fail to take action to protect this remarkable species and our closest animal relatives, chimps could become extinct within 15 years.
In addition to establishing sanctuaries and conserving forests, JGI works closely with local communities so that people and wildlife and co-exist harmoniously. JGI currently provides sanctuary and rehabilitation for hundreds of chimpanzees and collaborates with multiple groups to improve living conditions in areas that border chimp habitat.
This holiday season, please help protect chimpanzees and improve the lives of local communities in Africa.
Be a Chimp Guardian starting at $50
Provide a safe haven for orphaned and injured chimpanzees and protect chimps from habitat loss by symbolically adopting a chimpanzee for yourself or a loved one this holiday season. A Chimp Guardian package includes a photograph of Anzac (pictured below), her biography, a chimp guardian certificate, and fact sheets about chimps and JGI sanctuaries. You also have the option of including a plush toy chimpanzee in your package.
Purchase your Chimp Guardian package at JaneGoodall.ca or 1.888.882.4467
The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI) was founded in 1994 and is part of a dynamic network of Jane Goodall Institutes around the world. JGI supports habitat conservation and chimpanzee protection programs in Africa and runs Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots here in Canada – an educational program that inspires youth to take action to create positive change.
Image with caption: "Anzac was one of the smallest chimps to arrive at JGI's Tchimpounga Sanctuary (CNW Group/Jane Goodall Institute of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141106_C8337_PHOTO_EN_7573.jpg
Image with caption: "Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (CNW Group/Jane Goodall Institute of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141106_C8337_PHOTO_EN_7637.jpg
SOURCE: Jane Goodall Institute of Canada
For further information: For more information, high resolution photography, or to request an interview, please contact: Victoria Foote, Communications Manager, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada: Victoria@JaneGoodall.ca; 416. 978.7879 (o) 647.290.9384 (m)