NASA Joins Jane Goodall to Conserve Chimp Habitats

  • Released Wednesday, September 13th, 2023
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Chimpanzee populations have been decimated over the last 50 years. All that time, earth-observing satellites like Landsat have documented the shrinking of their home, Africa’s equatorial forest belt. The Jane Goodall Institute uses satellite data to empower local communities to drive conservation in their own landscapes. With support from NASA, JGI used Landsat data to create habitat suitability maps for chimpanzees. Mobile apps also bring in data in real time so communities can protect their village forest reserves and create land use plans for watersheds, people, and chimpanzees. After years of forest loss, the last few decades have seen habitats recovering.

Conservation dashboards created with support from NASA, The University of Maryland, Esri, Maxar, and the US Agency for International Development.

Video footage courtesy Jane Goodall Productions.

Data visualizations used in this video showing changes in forest density can be found here. And visualizations from NASA/USGS Landsat data can be found here.



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