Multiple African Nations Release Gombe 50 and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots 20th Anniversary Collector Postage Stamps; Dr. Jane Goodall Depicted on Legal Tender for the First Time

New York, N.Y. - March 29, 2011

- The African nation of Tanzania is the first country in the world to release a commemorative stamp issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall’s arrival in what is today Gombe National Park, Tanzania. This is the first stamp issue in the world featuring Dr. Goodall’s image. In the coming months, similar series will be released in other countries, including Liberia and the Gambia.

“It is hard to believe that 50 years have passed since I began my study of the chimpanzees of Gombe,” said Dr. Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace. “Half a century of amazing discoveries have helped us redefine our place in the natural world. And most amazing of all is knowing how much more the chimpanzees have to teach us. I look forward to moving into the next half century.”

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania under the mentorship of famed anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for its innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has nearly 150,000 members in more than 120 countries.

The Gombe 50 collection issued in Tanzania is sure to be popular with collectors  around the world. The sheets, consisting of three postage stamps, depict a timeline of Dr. Goodall’s work in Gombe over the past 50 years, while the accompanying souvenir sheets feature five of Dr. Goodall’s ground-breaking discoveries during the early years of her field study.

In other countries, the stamp will also feature images celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. Twenty years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students started what has become an international movement of young people dedicated to creating a better world. Today, hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots members work together on youth-led service projects to improve communities and to make the world better for people, animals and the environment.

The stamps were designed and are being distributed by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. (IGPC), the New York-based leader in governmental philatelic services. Founded in 1957, IGPC is the world’s largest and most prestigious Philatelic agency representing more than 70 International Government Postage Agencies including Tanzania, Grenada and the Federated States of Micronesia. IGPC’s innovative designs and featured themes have helped to keep stamp collecting current and maintain its exalted status as “The Hobby of Kings.” 

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