And possibly the most incredible moments in Goodall’s long career occurred when her work with JGI brought her into contact with a chimpanzee called Wounda. The poor primate had a heart-breaking start to life as a victim of poachers. They took her away from her family to be sold for bushmeat.
Fortunately, Goodall’s very own JGI center in the Republic of Congo saved Wounda and subsequently sheltered her. The Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center named the chimpanzee Wounda as a result of the perilous state in which she was found. It means “close to death.”
Poor Wounda was not only sick and weak, but also dangerously emaciated, weighing a paltry 110 pounds. In an interview posted on JGI’s official website in November 2017, Goodall recalled her feelings upon seeing Wounda for the first time. She was deeply worried by the chimpanzee’s condition.