Learn More About the Great Ape Conservation Efforts in Africa -

Featuring the executive director of the Jane Goodall Institute and more


Learn more about the Great Ape Conservation in Africa through short films featuring the work of the Jane Goodall Institute and Arcus Foundation, as well as a preview on an upcoming documentary on a chimp conservation project on Rubondo Island. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the Executive Directors of both foundations as well as the filmmaker of the Rubondo Island Documentary.

About Carlos Drews:
Carlos Drews is the Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute in the U.S. His passion for animals sparked at a young age while in his native Colombia. He later left Latin America to conduct baboon research in Gombe, Tanzania, which propelled his professional career. He attended the University of Cambridge where he received his Ph.D in zoology and Masters in biology. Carlos joined WWT in 2003 as the Director of the Global Species Programme. This work led him to conduct research on marine wildlife in Latin America. He later worked with WWT in spearheading projects focused on saving elephants, rhinos, and great apes from the brink of extinction. He focuses on the interrelatedness of wildlife, biodiversity, and society, constantly motivated by his moral obligation to give back to nature.

The Jane Goodall Institute advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall to lead a movement of conservation for the common good—one that builds on our connections to each other, our fellow species, and the natural world we all share. Following in the trailblazing footsteps of the founder, they inspire hope through action, encouraging individuals around the world to join in taking care of the planet.

About Annette Lanjouw:
Annette Lanjouw is Co-Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation. A highly regarded expert in ape conservation, she has worked with chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas in their range habitats, and has extensive experience in conservation strategy, program implementation, and research. Before Arcus, she worked at the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Howard G. Buffett Foundation. A native of the Netherlands, Ms. Lanjouw holds a BSc in zoology and psychology from Victoria University in New Zealand, and a doctorandus degree in behavioral ecology from the Rijks Universiteit in the Netherlands.

The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Founded in 2000 by Jon Stryker, the Arcus Foundation strives to achieve social justice inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, and race; and to ensure the conservation of, and respect for, the world’s great apes and gibbons. The Foundation works globally, and has offices in New York City and Cambridge, U

About Jeroen Harderwijk
Jeroen Harderwijk is the co-founder and Managing Director of Asilia Africa, an upmarket responsible tourism company which was founded in 2004 and which has since grown into one of the leading operators in its segment in East Africa.

Asilia operates a portfolio lodges and camps in Tanzania and Kenya and they are the only safari company operating on Rubondo Island. Rubondo Island is a national park in Lake Victoria where Professor Bernhard Grzimek of the Frankfurt Zoological Society released 16. The first cohort of chimpanzees arrived in Dar es Salaam aboard the German African Line’s steamship ‘Eibe Oldendorff’ on 17 June 1966. The animals had no rehabilitation or pre-release training but after one year on Rubondo they were able to find and eat wild foods and construct nests for sleeping.

Moderated by Charles Runnette:
Charles Runnette is a filmmaker and journalist based in New York. He has produced/directed documentaries for Discovery, Viceland and Condé Nast Entertainment and developed programming for the Travel Channel and IFC. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler and Condé Nast Traveller. He’s currently directing and producing a feature documentary film about Rubondo Island called “A Place for Wild Animals”.