chimp hugs Jane GoodallLast June, Dr. Jane Goodall, 79, traveled into the jungle to release one of the chimpanzees whose life was saved by experts at her Jane Goodall Institute in the Republic of Congo.

Named Wounda, the chimpanzee was near death until it was welcomed as one of 160 animals living at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.

Thanks to the expert care provided at Tchimpounga, Wounda overcame significant adversity and illness to become the 15th animal relocated to one of three islands that are part of the newly expanded sanctuary.

The video below documents the emotional release in 2013.

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  1. She is a truly remarkable woman and I commend her for her ongoing dedication to the well-being of primates everywhere! I’m a true animal lover (I won’t even squash a bug, but I will take it outside) so this video made me cry. Chimpanzees are keenly intelligent and now we see that they’re capable of unsolicited warmth and gratitude too.

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