Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global organisation that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.

The Jane Goodall Institute's projects in Africa are groundbreaking and globally renowned for effectively helping local people take charge of the conservation and development of their own communities, and also help the chimpanzees who they live alongside.

Jane Goodalll's Roots & Shoots is our global education programme for young people, empowering them to become involved in hands-on projects to benefit their local community, animals and the environment we all share.  In the UK Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots groups are now active in over 1,600 schools. 

Gombe 55

Jane Goodall reflects on 55 years of continuous research.


Gombe 55 Appeal

Celebrating 55 years of continuous research at Gombe Stream Research Centre in western Tanzania

Gombe staff housingCurrent staff housing at Gombe

Gombe is known world-wide as a living natural laboratory, and home to the wild chimpanzees Jane studied. The observational research carried out there daily, continues to increase our understanding not only of chimpanzees and baboons, but also of our own social structures, the spread of disease and understanding gender roles.

Data is gathered by a team of expert observers who have, over the course of time, earned the acceptance of the wild chimpanzees. Most of them live in surrounding communities and remain at the research facility for twenty day shifts.

In order to ensure Gombe's long term future we need your help. We need help to restore the staff housing, improve communications and to ensure that Gombe remains a sustainable operation for the future discoveries still to be made! Please consider making a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute UK so our researchers can continue to study the famous 'Gombe Chimps'.

You can either pay online at or send a cheque made out to the Jane Goodall Institute UK. Don't forget to specify that your donation is for Gombe 55.

Thank you for your support.