ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INSTITUTE
Dr. Goodall, known as a groundbreaking scientist in the world, said that she had one of the most important breakthroughs of her life at a conference in Chicago. She later stated that she went there as a scientist and left as an activist. Later on in 1977, Jane founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues to support the research at Gombe. With 31 offices around the world, Dr. Jane and the Institute are widely recognized for effective community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa and the protection of wild chimpanzees in Africa’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary. In 1991, after meeting with a group of Tanzanian teenagers to discuss community problems, Jane created Roots & Shoots. For her Roots & Shoots program Jane Goodall was named UN Messenger of Peace by the United Nations.
Today, Dr Jane Goodall’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for environment, animals and people. She continues her work by speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that we will ultimately solve the problems that we have imposed on the earth. Everywhere she goes, Jane urges audiences to recognize their personal power and responsibility to effect positive change through consumer action, lifestyle change and activism.
Dr. Jane Goodall is now known around the world as a Dame, UN Messenger of Peace, conservationist, primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees but she remains at heart a young girl with a dream. Today, Jubilee still sits on her dresser in London as a reminder of her desire to explore the unknown.