A British born global conservation icon

Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace is a leading global advocate for people, other animals and the natural world.

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the world of wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Her revelatory observation that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific landscape and forever redefined our understanding of the relationship between humans and other animals. Jane earnt her PhD in ethology (the study of animal behaviour) at Cambridge University in 1965.

Dr Jane Goodall went on to redefine conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment – an approach we call ‘Tacare’. Way back in 1977 she established her first community conservation organisation, the Jane Goodall Institute USA. The Jane Goodall Institute UK launched in 1988. There are now an incredible 26 not-for-profit Jane Goodall Institutes around the world working together to advance Dr Goodall’s vision of a better future for all.

In this clip from the 2017 National Geographic film 'JANE', Dr Goodall talks about her ground-breaking discovery in Gombe