Jane Goodall


In 1960 Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behaviour in what is now Tanzania. Her work would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

Jane Goodall

In 1977 Jane established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe Stream research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is recognised for innovative, community-centred conservation and development programmes in Africa, as well as Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth programme. Jane founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects thousands of young people in nearly 100 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Jane 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. Jane’s honours include the French Legion of Honour, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002 Jane was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003 she was named a Dame of the British Empire.


Reasons for hope

Jane Goodall will share her experiences with the Gombe chimpanzees, the research spanning nearly 60 years and the community-centred conservation programmes engaging local people to become the Jane Goodall Institute’s partners in conservation. She’ll share stories of hope and talk about Roots & Shoots, her global humanitarian and environmental programme empowering young people to make a difference for animals, people and the environment we all share.