In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.
Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.
How Your Donation Will Help
The Jane Goodall Institute builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision. It was established as a global nonprofit to empower individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things by:
• Improving global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy
• Contributing to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities
• Creating a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them.
What We Believe In
There are several core values that inform everything we do:
• We strive to respect, nourish and protect all living things; people, animals and the environment are all interconnected
•We believe that knowledge leads to understanding, and that understanding will encourage us to take action
• We believe that every individual has the ability to make a positive difference
• We believe that flexibility and open-mindedness are essential to enable us to respond to a changing world
• We require integrity and compassion in all that we do and say
Your Contribution Will Make a Difference
Your tax-deductible donation helps fund programs that further the mission of the Jane Goodall institute including:
Gombe Chimpanzees - Since 1977, Jane has opened the world’s eyes to the complexity and richness of chimpanzee communities, writing of close family bonds, dominance struggles among males, human-like communications such as pats on the back and hugs, and much more.
Today the Gombe chimps are perhaps the world’s best-known, and the Gombe research program represents the world’s longest continuous wildlife study. In the 1980s, rampant deforestation and its effects on the chimpanzees in Africa compelled Jane to shift her focus from research to conservation. She began traveling the world speaking about the amazing beings she’d come to know so well. Here and there, she learned of individual chimpanzees in need, many orphaned by poachers and being sold on the black market or kept chained in backyards as “pets.” As a result, the Institute’s sanctuary program was born.
Roots and Shoots - Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth who share a desire to create a better world. Through service projects, campaigns, inspiring events and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots is helping youth create a hopeful tomorrow.
Conservation and Communities - The harsh realities facing villagers in the Kigoma region outside Gombe has shaped the Jane Goodall Institute’s evolution further. On a flyover of Gombe one day in the 1990s, Jane saw hillsides denuded in every direction, right up to the park boundary. Thus she cemented a broad vision for species conservation: to be effective, it had to address the needs of the human populations surrounding habitat. Jane started the TACARE (Take Care) program in Kigoma in 1994. This community-centered conservation and development program partners with communities to create sustainable livelihoods while promoting conservation goals.
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