March Newsletter 2015

01 March 2015

1. People Changes at JGIA

The Board of JGIA can now announce that after more than three years, Natalie Houghton is moving on from her role as CEO to pursue new challenges. We sincerely thank Natalie for her dedication and passion and wish her every success in her future endeavours!

JGIA is going through a period of exciting transition that started with the recruitment of Directors and continues with a strategic review. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful volunteers and supporters! Your efforts for JGIA are invaluable and we hope you continue with us on our exciting journey.

To ensure continuity during this busy time, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Nancy Moloney as our new CEO. Nancy comes to us with a wealth of experience
including over a decade of international sustainability and management consulting.  Nancy holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and MBA and previous roles have included Wildlife Biologist, Market Leader and Manager at two “Big Four” professional services firms and Climate Reality Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Originally from beautiful British Columbia, Nancy has always had a great passion for animals and our shared environment. Please join us in congratulating Nancy on becoming CEO of JGIA.

2. Roots & Shoots Project of the Month

Earlier this month we joined together to celebrate International Women’s Day, and here at JGIA we recognise the important role that women and girls have in conservation. In late 2014, a Roots & Shoots group launched the Peer to Peer Education campaign to support the Jane Goodall Institute’s girls education projects in Uganda.
This program is a part of JGI’s unique community conservation approach, and the campaign’s goal is to raise $8,000 to support 80 girls throughout their entire high school education. You can find out more about this amazing campaign here. If you would like to donate or get involved with this campaign, please contact us on
3. JGI’s International Mobile Phone Recycling Day –The Results are in!

Our first, global ‘Call to Action’ day for mobile phone recycling was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated and shared. Through our partnerships with Taronga Zoo and PhoneCycle, we received 2,386 phones valued at $1,704! All money raised will be put towards vital conservation programs in Africa.

How do old phones help chimpanzees? Coltan, a mineral used in mobile phones, is mined from threatened chimpanzee habitats across the Congo Basin. By removing your old mobile phones from the waste stream and remarketing them for reuse, we reduce the demand for coltan mining.

If you didn’t get a chance to drop your old phones off in January, you can still help protect precious chimpanzee habitats by recycling your old mobile phones through JGIA. Simply visit our webpage here or email us on for more information on how to recycle your phone or organise a mobile phone recycling campaign at your school or workplace.

4. Women and Wildlife Celebrated in March

March was a big month for JGIA!  On March 3rd, United Nation’s World Wildlife Day, Dr Jane encouraged us all to participate by taking a selfie with an action poster for #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime. Swiftly followed by International Women’s Day on March 8th, we celebrated by recognising the innovators, rule breakers, trailblazers and other women who through time, like Jane, have changed the way we think while boosting women’s rights. We’d love to hear how you celebrated – visit our Facebook page to share.


5. Jane Goodall and The NY Times

In case you missed it, our beloved founder was on the cover of New York Times this month!  So I guess we all agree that the “world’s most famous conservationist” is still as inspiring as ever and still very much wild at heart. See the full article here.

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