About Us

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Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute Uganda is a global Non-Profit Organization that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.

Our work builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision.

JGI has been active in Uganda for over two decades. Since 1991, and has worked to increase the capacity of local government and forest adjacent communities to manage protected areas, engage in natural resource management planning, promote sustainable livelihoods, and  educate community members about chimpanzees, wildlife, and sustainable environmental conservation.

Uganda, estimated to contain about 5,000 chimpanzees, has suffered major habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, logging and hunting. Human wildlife conflict, disease transmission between wildlife and humans, and limited income generating opportunities for forest adjacent communities are all issues complicating positive coexistence of humans and chimpanzees in Uganda.

The Jane Goodall Institute-Uganda implements a wide array of activities focusing on three major themes: Conservation, Championing and Understanding.

History of JGI

The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation was founded in California in 1977 by Jane Goodall and Princess Genevievedi San Faustino.

Initially, JGI’s day to day operations were handled by board members and other volunteers working out of their homes. In the early 1980s, JGI moved to its San Francisco office at the California Academy of Sciences, where it functioned as a USA/Africa “communication link” and as an internationalresource for information regarding chimpanzees, their study, their behavior and their conservation.

As JGI expanded and locations developed in over 25 countries worldwide, Jane Goodall Institute Global was formed to create a synergistic approach among its many offices. The JGI Family can now be found on every continent except Antarctica.

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