The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is mourning the passing of Dr. Toshisada Nishida. Dr. Nishida, a leader in Japanese primatology, began studying the behavior of the wild chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains in Tanzania in 1965, just five years after Dr. Goodall embarked upon her pioneering field study at what is today Gombe National Park. In 1985, Dr. Nishida led the effort to establish the Mahale Mountains as a Tanzanian national park.
Jane has had many things named in her honor—from horses to buildings—and now a rose! The French Climbing Generosa, as it is called, will soon be planted in Marie Antoinette's garden at Versailles.
Jane viewed the rose during a trip to France on May 12.
If you have ever met Jane in person, you know that her special mascot Mr. H is never far behind. Given to Jane by her friend Gary Haun, a blind magician, Mr. H has been to dozens of countries and has been touched by millions of people. Today marks a very special occasion for Mr. H; it's his 16th birthday! Be sure to read more about Mr. H's story in Jane's own words and enjoy the photos below.
Mr. H, Jane's famous mascot, took a moment out of his busy schedule to celebrate St. Patrick's Day today. He and Jane are currently in Nebraska as part of her Spring 2011 North American lecture tour.
"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" by Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall wishes everyone a happy 2011
In the final days of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, Dr. Jane Goodall joined the audience via a video message at an event titled “Advancing REDD+: New Pathways and Partnerships,” hosted by Avoided Deforestation Partners. Dr. Goodall emphasized the importance of tropical forests in slowing climate change and preserving the diversity of species.
Earlier this week, Jane visited with Sir David Attenbourough, the famous British broadcaster and naturalist. The two are longtime friends and are often jokingly referred to as the "Tarzan and Jane" of the conservation world.
Jane visited Belgium last week as part of her Gombe 50 tour of Europe. While there she made a very special visit to the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels. The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union, and is the second largest democratic electorate in the world with 736 officials serving as members of the Parliament.
There are so many people all over the world who help the Jane Goodall Institute by volunteering their time or services. Every month, three special friends from