Dr Jane Goodall calls for help to protect chimpanzees during Kenya visit

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British conservationist and UN Messenger for Peace, Dr Jane Goodall, has visited Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where she has called for more to be done to protect these animals.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established with an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute.

The aim of the sanctuary is to provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa.

Over the last decade, Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations, with the total number of chimpanzees in the Sanctuary rising to 38.

Many are confiscated from cramped and unnatural living conditions, and many arrive with horrific injuries sustained from abuse at the hands of humans. Here at Sweetwaters, they get a chance to start over.

Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall in 2015. Photo: US Department of State

Doctor Jane Goodall

Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace.

Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.

She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues.