Rescued Chimpanzee Hugs Jane Goodall Before Release to the Wild

Jane Goodall will go down in history as one of the most amazing, compassionate people ever to have walked on this planet.  She has dedicated her life to understanding and helping to protect wild chimpanzees.   This is the story of just one chimpanzee that was rescued from certain death to go on to be rehabilitated and reintroduced to the wild.

Wounda the Chimpanzee

Wounda the Chimpanzee receives a litre of milk as part of her treatment.

This video tells the story of Wounda the chimpanzee.  Wounda was found gravely ill and near death in the Republic of the Congo.  The chimp was taken to the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.   Jane Goodall and the team of vets and caregivers worked with Wounda for many years to get her back to health.  Wounda suffered several setbacks in her time at the center, including an illness that caused her to lose weight and almost kill her.

Thanks to the amazing care that Goodall’s institute was able to give, Wounda made a full recovery.  Soon the time came to release her into the free range sanctuary on one of the center’s three protected islands,  Tchindzoulou Island.  The release of Wounda back into the wild was an emotional one for both animal and caregivers.

Jane Goodall

Photo Credit: Stuart Clarke

Goodall began her work with chimpanzees in 1960, when she travelled to Tanzania with little more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars.  Chimpanzees were little studied at the time.  Her patience and empathy brought a new understanding to the world of chimpanzee behaviour.  Today Goodall speaks on behalf of all endangered animals, and encourages people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania.  You can learn more about Jane and the work that the Jane Goodall Institute does to protect chimpanzees, at their website.

This video, titled “Wounda’s Journey”  is from 2013, but it’s impact can still be felt.  In the video, Wounda, whose name translates to “close to death”, makes sure to show her gratitude for the care she received.   The chimpanzee reaches out to Goodall to share a tender hug before saying her final goodbye and heading off to new adventures.  Jane Goodall will turn 80 years old this year.

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

― Jane Goodall

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