Dr. Jane Goodall is one of the world’s leading ethologists who through more than 60 years of ground-breaking work, has highlighted the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction and redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. At 26 years old, Dr. Goodall travelled to what is now Tanzania to conduct immersive research into the lives of wild chimpanzees in Gombe. Her discovery that chimpanzees make and use tools redefined the relationship between humans and animals.
In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute to continue her research and expand efforts on chimpanzee protection, conservation and environmental education. In 1991, Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots, a global humanitarian and environmental program empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects to make positive change for the community, animals and the environment.
Dr. Goodall has helped to make space for everyone in the world of conservation. IFAW presented her with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
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