Jane Goodall

Renowned primatologist and trailblazing conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall first
entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees at the age of 26 when, in 1960, she began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream became the foundation of future primatological research.

In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the research in Gombe and leads the worldwide effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and for Goodall’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, Roots & Shoots, which connects hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 130 countries who work to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment.

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