Global leader in conservation for the common good
In the summer of 1960, a 26 year old English woman arrived on the shores of Lake Tanganika in what is now Tanzania. Equipped with little more than binoculars, a notebook and her fascination with animals, Jane Goodall ventured into what was then called the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve – embarking on a life of discovery that would redefine the relationship between humans and animals and shape the world of conservation.
Today the Jane Goodall Institute and its global youth programme, Roots & Shoots, advances Jane’s vision of the world and leads a movement of conservation for the common good, building on our connections to each other, to our fellow species and to the natural world. One of the JGI’s core principles is to work with local communities to address their needs as a key building block of lasting conservation.
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
Building on her work in conservation and her Cambridge PhD (she is one of the few students ever admitted to a PhD programme without an undergraduate degree) Jane established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in 1977.
In 1991 she founded Roots & Shoots, a global programme that empowers young people in nearly 100 countries in becoming conservation activists and leaders in their daily lives.
Today, Jane travels the world speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope.
She has written numerous books for adults and children, is the subject of dozens of documentaries and films, has received many awards and honorary degrees and is a Dame of the British Empire and UN Messenger of Peace.
"Every individual has a role to play. Every individual matters."