Dr Jane Goodall, DBE

The Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

Dr Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In July 1960, at the age of 26, she travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of the wild chimpanzees living in Gombe.

Equipped with a notebook, binoculars and a fascination with wildlife, Dr Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through more than 60 years of ground-breaking work, she has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. 

Today there are 24 Jane Goodall Institutes working to support JGI’s core programmes including TACARE, a community conservation programme, two sanctuaries for orphan chimpanzees, and Roots & Shoots, JGI’s environmental and humanitarian programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects for their community, animals and the environment in more than 60 countries.

Dr Goodall has received many awards and honorary degrees, authored books for adults and children and featured in numerous documentaries and films. She is currently working virtually from her family home in Bournemouth, UK during the pandemic.

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