Dr. Jane Goodall is one of the world’s leading experts on primates.
When she was 26, Dr. Goodall traveled to what is now Tanzania to research the lives of chimpanzees. Before her work, humans and animals seemed like vastly different creatures. Then her groundbreaking observations that chimpanzees have personalities and other behavior that was assumed to be strictly “human.” Her research, which has continued for more than 55 years, has opened the door for other researchers to discover some of the most intriguing parts of animal lives.
An ethologist by training, Dr. Goodall’s has advocated for wildlife issues and animal welfare for decades. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which works to free captive primates and care for them in chimpanzee sanctuaries in the Republic of the Congo and South Africa.
Additionally, because Dr. Goodall knows that caring for animals begins at a young age, she started Roots & Shoots, a hands-on program that teaches young people to get involved in their local communities, and to advocate for the environment we all share.