The common chimpanzee and bonobo are the two extant species of chimpanzee, the species of ape that is most closely related to humans. More social than other apes, they live in the tropical forests and savannas of equatorial Africa where they live in communities of 20 to 100.
Covered in a coat of black hair except for their bare white faces and smooth black feet and hands, chimpanzees are highly intelligent animals which use tools to solve problems. Bonobos eat a mix of fruit and meat whereas common chimps eat mostly fruits and other plants!
Both species of chimpanzees are endangered with their wild population falling significantly since the 1980s due to hunting (primarily for meat) and destruction of habitat. There are estimated to be between 170,000 and 300,000 common chimpanzees and less than 50,000 bonobos left in the wild.


Perhaps the most well-known conservationist of the 20th century, Dr Jane Goodall DBE is a world-renowned primatologist, ethologist, humanitarian, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace who founded the Jane Goodall institute in 1977.

JGI recognises protecting chimpanzees and their habitat cannot be done without the combined efforts of farmers and villagers who share their home with chimps in areas such as the Congo Basin. With offices in 35 countries JGI works with rural communities to implement sustainable practices that provide the best deal for humans and chimps while having a minimal impact on the environment.

 Donations to the Jane Goodall Institute go towards funding projects to curb rapid deforestation, rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned chimps, empowering communities in the Congo Basin to engage in sustainable livelihoods and working with young people in countries such as Australia to create community-based solutions to the challenges in their neighbourhoods.