October 19, 2014

Jane Goodall Gets A Hug From Wounda The Chimpanzee


After being brought back from the brink of death by the Jane Goodall Institute, Wounda the chimpanzee makes a simple gesture of thanks that will melt your heart.

Everyone at MNN is a big fan of Jane Goodall, the famous animal conservationist, so it was an easy decision to share this wonderful video showing her and her crew releasing Wounda, a rehabilitated chimp, into the wilds of their Tchindzoulou Island refuge. 

The Jane Goodall Institute established the refuge on the island in the Kouilou River in the Republic of Congo as a safe haven for chimpanzee victims of bush meat hunters and the illegal pet trade. The chimps are safe to live out their lives in the natural environment they evolved to thrive in.

This video is a touching testimony to the vital work Ms. Goodall and her staff perform in saving and protecting chimpanzees. She is one of the great ones.

You can donate to the Jane Goodall Foundation here.

By Shea Gunther

With thanks to MNN