We are very excited to announce that we have a shiny new website! Just in time for Dr Jane’s upcoming visit, we have launched an updated version of janegoodall.org.au and would love for you to have a look. It has a modern look, new content and everything you need to know about us in one place. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do. And of course if you love our website, please also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
2. Dr Jane in Australia in June
Just in case you have been hibernating… Dr Jane Goodall is coming to Australia in June! We will be travelling around the country to Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney for public lectures, Roots & Shoots workshops and many other events. Dr Jane has been featured recently in some great Australian media like the ABC, Sydney Morning Herald and Cosmos Magazine, with more to come. If you would like the chance to see her live, buy your tickets today or sign up to Roots & Shoots. To keep up to date and access special opportunities, become a member of the JGIA family.
3. Chimp Guardian Campaign and Anzac Biscuits
ANZAC Day each year we commemorate our brave women and men in service, and at JGI’s Tchimpounga Sanctuary, we have a special chimpanzee that reminds us about sacrifice. Anzac, so named because she arrived at the sanctuary on ANZAC Day, has a missing arm as a result of illegal poaching activities.
Orphaned chimps like Anzac need care and attention every day. To help us raise funds and awareness for their care, we’ve created our very own chimp Anzac Cookie video recipe which you can make for your friends and family, or hold a bake sale at your school, university or work. You can also help by becoming a Chimp Guardian or Roots & Shoots Chimp Champion to ensure that Anzac and her friends continue to lead healthy and happy lives.
4. March for Science on Earth Day
Earth Day was Saturday, April 22, and we celebrated by marching with thousands of others across Australia! JGIA is very proud to be an official partner of the March for Science, where more than 4,000 people in Melbourne and 3,000 in Sydney marched to highlight the importance of science in today’s world. Thanks to Asitha, Mel, Lauren, Jessica, Nicky and Zara for representing JGIA and our National Youth Leadership Council at this important event. And special congratulations to Lauren and Nicky on great ABC News and radio interviews! To support this amazing initiative visit the March for Science website
5. Primates in Entertainment
Animals are not entertainment, yet sadly many media outlets are still not getting the message. Last week, we received several concerned emails about a clip of a small primate in Japan, dressed in sports clothes and playing tennis, that that was receiving a lot of attention online. Unfortunately many leading media outlets were sharing the clip. One young man from Melbourne was so shocked that he wrote to the network responsible to express his disappointment. We applaud and support Hunter’s actions and have encouraged him to join or start a Roots & Shoots group in his area.
Our work to end the use of animals as entertainment continues as we aim to raise awareness globally. If you like to help us please donate to JGIA today and to find out more about our position on great apes in entertainment, visit our JGIA website.