About Us

Mission & History


The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada supports wildlife research, education and conservation. The Institute promotes informed and compassionate action to improve the environment shared by all Earth's living creatures.

The objectives of the Institute are:

  • Increase Canadian awareness of and compassion for the plight of endangered animals, with a focus on chimpanzees.
  • Foster public understanding of the interconnected nature of the human, animal and ecological community.
  • Increase support for habitat and species conservation, particularly for wild chimpanzees.
  • Promote activities that ensure the well-being of wild and captive chimpanzees.
  • Provide training in and support for environmental and humanitarian education and action.
  • Inspire and engage Canadians to take action in local and global environmental and humanitarian initiatives.


The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation was founded in 1977 in California by Jane Goodall in cooperation with Princess Genevieve di San Faustino. The Institute now has offices in 23 countries around the world.

The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada was established in Montreal, Quebec in 1994. In the fall of 1995, Dr. Goodall gave her first Canadian lecture tour. From there, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada quickly expanded its initiatives.

The Roots & Shoots environmental and humanitarian education program was launched in Canada in 1993 to empower youth to engage in their community to learn about and solve problems affecting humans, animals and the environment.

Through the Chimp Guardian program, Canadians can do their part in saving critically endangered wild chimpanzees from extinction by sponsoring the care of an orphan chimpanzee at one of the Jane Goodall Institute's chimpanzee sanctuaries in Africa.

In 2006, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada made it possible for Canadians to support a greater diversity of the Institute's Africa programs stemming from our community-centered conservation philosophy, including scholarships for girls, micro-credit for local sustainable business initiatives, and education and training programs in wildlife conservation.

Our programs