MONKEY 47 is now the proud guardian of Willy, a young chimpanzee. With the help of the Jane Goodall Institute, a dream has finally come true.
Black Forest Distillers and its owner and founder Alexander Stein have fulfilled a long-held wish by becoming the lifelong guardian of Willy, a five-year-old chimpanzee, in cooperation with the Jane Goodall Institute.
Since 26 March 2014, our adopted chimp has been living in the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (Republic of Congo), which was established in 1992 by the renowned ethologist, environmentalist and UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall to protect orphaned chimpanzees. Willy had been confiscated by local wildlife conservation authorities a few hundred kilometres north of Tchimpounga in the Niari region and was immediately given refuge in the Jane Goodall family by the Institute's staff. Following the mandatory veterinary examination, Willy received his first bottle of milk – probably the first milk he had had since his mother died. Luckily, Willy was in good physical condition, despite being severely emotionally traumatised. Through an abundance of love, patience and devotion of his carers, the one-time small, shy ape developed into a self-confident young chimpanzee, who now lives and plays with his conspecific peers. Willy and his friends are lucky to have survived and found a new family in Tchimpounga. "We feel very honoured to be able to highlight the excellent work of Dr. Jane Goodall and her team through our guardianship," says Alexander Stein. "By adopting Willy in our family, a long-held dream has finally come true – it's something we have been working on with the Jane Goodall Institute for the past two years, so we welcome Willy." Today, Willy lives together with 147 other orphaned chimps in the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, which is the largest sanctuary for chimpanzees in Africa. It is a special place that is continually growing and needs all the help it can get. Dr. Jane Goodall elaborates on Alexander Stein's idea: "Helping our fellow creatures who are endangered and in need through a guardianship is an extraordinary mission. This comprehensive and lasting sponsorship of Willy and the related contribution to the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center is also a very special commitment to us. We look forward to our long-term partnership." Dr. Jane Goodall is one of the world's most renowned ethologists. As early as in 1960 at just 26 years of age, she began to study primate behaviour in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. In 1977, Dr. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation (JGI), which today has offices in 30 countries. The top priority of the Jane Goodall Institute is to treat people, animals and nature with respect.
About the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center
The Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center was built in 1992 by the Jane Goodall Institute in cooperation with the Congolese government. This sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees is part of a large-scale project for the protection of gorillas, orangutans, bonobos and chimpanzees.
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Jane Goodall – Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center
About the Jane Goodall Institut-Deutschland e.V.
Founded in 2010, the Jane Goodall Institut-Deutschland e.V. (whose parent organisation has existed since 1977) continues the tradition of Dr. Jane Goodall's scientific work to protect the environment and promote peace, supports sustainable projects in Africa and organises Dr. Jane Goodall's youth programme "Roots and Shoots" in Germany.
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