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Jane Goodall left her home in London for the jungles of Africa at the young age of 26 - driven by a deep love of animals, her goal was to work with the chimpanzees of Tanzania.
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In July 1960, under the mentorship of famed anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey, Goodall began studying several chimpanzee communities in their natural surroundings. Her early findings—that chimpanzees make and use tools, eat meat and engage in war-like activity—profoundly altered our understanding of what it means to be human.
In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to continue her pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program.
In fact, in 1991, Dr. Goodall's work moved from the forests of Africa and increasingly into the classroom. She encourages young people to do their part through Roots & Shoots, which today has nearly 150,000 members– from preschool to college - in more than 120 countries and helps to connect people of all ages who share a desire to create a better world.
Five decades on, she is now one of the world's most famous environmental advocates. In fact, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of her research, one of the longest uninterrupted studies of a wild animal species. Dr. Goodall, a UN Messenger of Peace, has remained focused on protecting natural habitats and has cemented her role on the global stage as a primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian.
Here's your chance to ask Dr. Jane Goodall your questions.
Want to know what it was really like living with chimps? What is her favorite animal? What does she see for the future of wildlife and our planet?