JGIA Kilimanjaro Climb for Chimps

Rising majestically from the rainforests of the East African plains, the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro is a breathtaking sight. To stand at its summit is to literally stand on top of the world.

The Climb for Chimps will see the team trek over six days from cultivated farmlands to lush rainforest, through alpine meadow and across a barren lunar-like landscape and finally to the summit where they’ll witness the incredible view of the sun awakening the East African plains below.

JGIA Kilimanjaro Climb for Chimps

Did you know that we have lost 90% of wild chimpanzees over the past 20 years? Or that chimpanzees and humans share almost 99% of DNA? Biologically, chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than they are to gorillas, yet the impact we are having on their environment means their future is uncertain.

Humans pose many threats to great apes. From habitat loss, owing to farming and mining, to the demand for bush meat and illegal pet trade, the chimpanzee is suffering due to lack of awareness and weak law enforcement. In addition, the communities surrounding the chimpanzees are often dealing with over population, poverty, conflict and corruption. To make a difference in these areas, as JGI does, requires a holistic approach, an approach that involves animals, people and the environment.

Chimpanzees are already an endangered species and are largely confined to the forests of Equatorial Africa as their last remaining stronghold. It was estimated there were 1 million apes in 1900. Today, there are estimated to be 170,000-300,000 chimpanzees left in Africa, and their population is decreasing rapidly. In fact the chimp population has decreased 90% in the past 20 years.

The money raised by the Climb for Chimps will go towards our programs in Africa, including the Gombe Stream Research Center, which works towards the ongoing preservation and restoration of chimpanzee communities within Gombe National Park, and supports the rangers who care for them. Additionally, funds raised will help Jane Goodall Institute Australia protect endangered chimpanzees and their habitat by working with communities in Africa to build better and more environmentally sustainable livelihoods.

Your support will ensure that our Africa Programs can continue to conserve, protect and restore chimpanzees’ habitats and surrounding communities in Africa. In addition, your support will help us maintain much needed sanctuaries, which provide a lifelong home for orphaned and injured chimpanzees.

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