Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A global
conservation organization, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI),
on Sunday announced the construction of a chimpanzee
museum in Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital.
The museum is being built near the Cultural Heritage
Center along the Arusha-Babati highway, a few kilometers
from Arusha central business district.
Speaking at the event to lay the foundation stone,
the renowned environmental activist Jane Goodall said
the construction of the museum aims at providing an
opportunity for Tanzanians and tourists to visit and
learn more about chimps’ lives and ecology at large.
"The museum will not be staged only for
researchers, scientists and students, but also for
various clubs and groups inside and outside the
country," Goodall said.
"It will act as a center for other organizations
to demonstrate their works in the conservation
The museum is being built to the tune of 1 billion
Tanzanian shillings (427,620 U.S. dollars) and its
construction is scheduled to end next year.
James Lembeli, co-chair of JGI, encouraged the youth
to utilize well the foundation’s resources by embarking
on environment researches to protect nature.
He urged the government to support the museum to
enhance its wider impact, benefiting the present and
"Apart from this museum, JGI also has various
conservation projects across the country, especially
in natural forests, chimpanzee habitats and better
use of land," Lembeli told the gathering.
Antony Tonny, a researcher at JGI, said Tanzania is
estimated to have between 1,700 and 2,300 chimpanzees.