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The Jane Goodall Institute's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the
Republic of Congo is the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa. Originally built for 30 chimpanzees, the sanctuary now cares for more than 160 chimpanzees, many of whom are victims of the international commercial bushmeat trade. 



The sanctuary uses a very old solar array to provide electricity for lighting, veterinary medical equipment, administrative technology, food storage and even for battery backups for safety fencing surrounding the chimpanzee enclosures. A very early model solar array, after years of wear and tear, it has become unreliable and does not provide electricity needed to properly care for the chimpanzees.

A gas powered generator is used now as a replacement when the array fails. This is not at all friendly to the environment, and wastes money that could otherwise be used to buy food, equipment or medical supplies for the chimpanzees.



Further, the solar array was originally constructed to meet the needs of a sanctuary caring for 30 chimpanzees. With more than 160 chimpanzees there is a correspondingly higher demand for electricity. The new array will be constructed to meet this demand so that JGI can continue to provide top notch care for the chimpanzees and ensure that we never have to turn an orphan chimpanzee away.

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With 24 hours left to pledge we are over 90% of our campaign total. Thank you all for your amazing support. Every dollar counts and these little ones would like to thank you for it. 

Some Of My Previous Work

///Build-out of Three Pristine Forested Islands///

Over the last several years the team at the sanctuary, with permission from the Congolese government, has been building a sanctuary site on three pristine forested islands in the Kouilou River near the main sanctuary site. These islands will become the home for up to 120 of the chimpanzees living in the sanctuary. On the islands the chimpanzees will be able to enjoy a much more natural environment and be able to learn how to live in the forest. 

Watch the story of Wounda below and her release on Tchindzoulou island. 


///Expansion of Tchimpounga Nature Reserve///
The Tchimpounga sanctuary is located within the boundaries of the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve. With the help of the Jane Goodall Institute in the last several years the total land in the reserve has been increased by 750%, extending all the way to the Kouilou River which includes the three islands where JGI is relocating many of the chimpanzees living at the sanctuary. 




How The Funds Will Be Used



The funds will be used to install a new solar array at the sanctuary. The current array is very old and unreliable. A new more efficient array will provide the necessary electricity to support the sanctuary's operations including lighting, veterinary medical technology, food storage, administrative technology and even safety fencing for chimpanzee enclosures.

All of these elements of the sanctuary rely on the solar array for electricity. With the funds raised for this project JGI will be able to install a more reliable source of energy, and the staff at the sanctuary will be able to continue providing the highest possible level of care for the chimpanzees



///Expenses///
Panels - $10,800
Deep Cycle Batteries - $7,000
Inverter Charger - $6,300
Controller/Monitor - $1,800
Fittings - $1,410
Installation Materials - $3,000
Labor - $3,690
Transportation - $6,000

The Challenges



Often getting technology to the sanctuary can be difficult. Most products have to be ordered from elsewhere around the world and shipping to the Republic of Congo can take months. We are fortunate to have many great relationships with technology providers and our expert staff understands best practices in ensuring timely delivery. 

The solar industry has exploded in the last decade and there are so many companies to choose from. Choosing the right kind of solar array for the environment is going to be important. 
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US$5 +With our gratitude we'll list your name on our website.
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US$10 +We'll list your name on the website and we'll send you a private video showing the new solar array when it is installed.
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US$25 +A fleece JGI logo blanket made from recycled plastic bottles will be coming your way with a mention on the website and a private video showing the new solar array.
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US$75 +A copy of Dr. Goodall's newest book, "Seeds of Hope" will be coming your way along with a mention on the website and a private video showing the new solar array.
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US$125 +You'll get everything from $75 and below + a special edition "Lights On Tchimpounga" chimpanzee guardian certificate.
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US$250 +Everything from $125 and below + a photo of Dr. Goodall and Wounda, signed by Dr. Goodall herself.
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US$500 +Everything from $250 and below + a Google+ Hangout on Air with one of JGI's foremost chimpanzee experts.
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US$5000 +Everything from $1,000 and below + a custom made video tour of the Tchimpounga sanctuary.
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US$15000 +Trip to Tchimpounga to visit the chimpanzees and see the new solar array first hand. Trip fee does not include airfare, visas or vaccinations. Includes everything from $5,000 and below.
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