Earlier this month, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) celebrated Dr. Goodall’s 80th birthday. For the occasion Dr. Goodall didn’t want gifts or lavish parties.
All she wanted was for people around the world to help JGI raise enough funds to finish building out three pristine islands for the chimpanzees of Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center
in the Republic of Congo, and to do an action in their community dedicated to Dr. Goodall’s birthday that would make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment we all share.
See below for some highlights of the kick-off celebrations for Dr. Goodall’s 80th birthday:
Friends Come Together to Fund Tchimpounga Island Buildout, Making Jane’s Birthday Wish Come True
New Videos Highlight Jane’s Impact and Call Young People to Action
National Geographic Television produced two new videos in honor of Jane’s birthday, one highlighting Jane’s work and another promoting Roots & Shoot. Click on the video players below to watch the videos.
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“Wounda’s Journey” Continues to Inspire
The story of Jane’s release of Wounda the chimpanzee on to Tchindzoulou island, one of the three new islands at the Tchimpounga sanctuary, made its way around the world, and now, a new remastered edition produced by Disneynature premiered on Jane’s birthday, which will continue to inspire.
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Google Hangout Gather’s Young People Around the Globe
Jane’s birthday began with a special online gathering of young people from around the globe via a Google+ Hangout On Air hosted with Google Earth Outreach. Jane was joined by National Geographic’s Boyd Matson and a number of Roots & Shoots members in the live audience as well as from remote sites around the globe. During the hangout Jane recounted the story of Roots & Shoots, shared her birthday wish to have young people do projects in honor of her birthday and took questions from the studio audience, the remote sites and from social media. If you missed the hangout live, you can watch the recording here.
New Roots & Shoots Website
The celebration of Dr. Goodall’s 80th birthday will continue until April of 2015. Throughout the coming year the entire JGI family around the globe will be honoring Jane, continuing to raise awareness about JGI’s mission and programs especially Tchimpounga, and encouraging young people to get out and take action for people, animals and the environment.
Photo courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography.