Jane Goodall greets just about every audience in “chimpanzee” for a reason. She perhaps more than anyone on Earth is in a position to act as ambassador from one species to another.
As a 26 year old in 1960, Jane had travelled from England to Tanzania and bravely entered the little known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and pair of binoculars. But with her rare degree of patience, and fortified by characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.
Today Jane’s work revolves around mobilising action on behalf of chimpanzees, who are endangered, and all wildlife species. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, but recognizes this can’t be accomplished without a holistic approach that addresses the real needs of local people. Our conservation efforts include sustainable development programmes that engage communities as true partners. These programmes began around Gombe but now spread across the continent. Likewise the Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots programme for young people, Jane and a group of Tanzanian students started in 1991, now spreads to more than 130 countries.
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