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Dr. Jane Goodall is an internationally acclaimed primatologist most known for her long-term study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. The Gombe chimp observation, which Jane began in 1960, is the world’s longest running continuous wildlife research project.  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 is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa. Goodall’s Roots & Shoots 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.


Dr. Goodall travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.


Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

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