Motambo’s Journey



The Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo is the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa, and has given hundreds of chimpanzees and other primates a second chance at a happy life.

One such chimpanzee is Motambo, who was rescued from the illegal exotic pet trade. He arrived at Tchimpounga with horrific wounds and in dire need of immediate medical intervention … the staff was not sure the little chimp would survive. But with a lot of love, care and attention, Motambo was able to pull through.

Motambo is now going through a very exciting time … for the first time since he was captured by poachers, he will be able to roam in a forested enclosure with other chimpanzees! Motambo was recently transferred to Ngombe Island, one of JGI’s new island sanctuary sites. Watch the video above and learn more about Motambo’s amazing story.

The only reason the Jane Goodall Institute is able to save chimpanzees like Motambo is the support of our members, especially that of our Chimpanzee Guardians. Now a monthly giving program, all funds from Chimpanzee Guardians support the ongoing care of the chimpanzees at Tchimpounga. Please consider helping us give chimpanzees like Motambo a second chance, and become a Chimpanzee Guardian today.

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About Author

Brittany is the Manager of Marketing and Communications at the Jane Goodall Institute. She focuses on outreach to JGI's supporter base through both print and electronic communications. Brittany has a BA in Journalism & Media studies from Rutgers University and a master's degree in International Politics & Human Rights from the University of Glasgow. Her involvement with the Jane Goodall Institute began in 2011 when she became an intern for Roots & Shoots, JGI's global youth program. Later that same year, she accepted a permanent position on JGI's Development team.