The Jane Goodall Institute South Africa

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Chimp Eden

Situated within the beautiful 1,000 hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve, 15 kilometres outside Nelspruit, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to chimps that have been displaced from their natural habitats in Africa.

Chimp Eden was established in 2006 and is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. This JGI chimpanzee sanctuary brings the world of chimpanzees closer to humanity through education end eco-tourism.

The Jane Goodall Institute

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr Goodall's pioneering research on chimpanzee behaviour. This research transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. The South African chimpanzee sanctuary is proud to be part of the Jane Good Institute, which is a global leader in the effort to conserve and preserve endangered species and habitats, and in particular chimpanzees.

The JGI is also widely recognised for establishing innovative community-centred conservation and development programmes in Africa. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Institute's global environmental and humanitarian youth programme, has groups in more than 120 countries.

JGI South Africa

As from January 2013, the JGI SA manages both the primate care and all operations at the chimpanzee sanctuary. The Institute is a non profit organisation and all funds received go directly back into JGI Chimp Eden to further its aims of conservation and protection of chimpanzees, or to assist in funding the Roots and Shoots outreach programmes.

The Jane Goodall Institute South Africa Chimp Eden is accountable to the JGI SA Trustees.