Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

JGI’s founder, mentor and inspiration

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, but recognizes this can’t be accomplished without a comprehensive approach that addresses the needs of local people who are critical to chimpanzee survival. Our community-centered conservation programs in Africa include sustainable development projects that engage local people as true partners. These programs began around Gombe in 1994, but have since been replicated in other parts of the continent. Likewise, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which Jane started with a group of Tanzania students in 1991, is today the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program for young people from preschool through university with nearly 150,000 members in more than 130 countries.

Photo Credit: Stuart Clarke


See Jane Goodall On Tour

Where in the World is Dr. Jane?

The elephants and rhinos need YOU. As I am sure you know, the increase in poaching has been...
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I was in the UK last month during part of August (the one time of year when I have a couple of...
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Jane On The World Stage

Jane Goodall receives 27th Catalunya International Award for her contribution to humankind
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Research continues over five decades after famous primatologist first arrived in what is now...
As a UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall makes it a priority each and every year to observe and...
This month, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) launches a third crowd funding campaign for 2014 to...
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