Jane Goodall: The Ongoing StoryThe first ethologist to study chimpanzees in the wild and environmental activist
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“Mother of Chimpanzees,” “Messenger of Peace,” “Symbol of Hope.” There is no shortage of monikers that adorn Jane Goodall’s name. Goodall herself says there are two Jane Goodalls in the world. One is Jane Goodall the symbol, created by National Geographic and the media, and the other is Jane Goodall who was born and raised in the coastal town of Bournemouth in southern England.
Jane Goodall tells the story of the life she has led with calm and poise: how the 10-year-old girl who dreamt of living in Africa with animals after reading Tarzan of the Apes came to achieve her dream; what the 23-year-old woman without any academic degree discovered in the forest of chimpanzees while living with them and sharing their joys and sorrows at a time when prejudices against female scientists were rife; what led her to make the transition from a scholar to an environmental activist; and the force that still drives her to pursue her work as an activist all across the world, even at the age of 88.
This is the true story of Jane Goodall, an iconic figure of the era that everyone has heard of but no one truly knew.
Doctor of Philosophy in Ethology, Ph.D. Darwin College, Cambridge, 1965 Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), 2003 Named UN Messenger of Peace, 2002 International Cosmos Prize, 2017 The National Geographic Society Hubbard Medal, 1995 Established Roots & Shoots, 1991 Kyoto Prize, 1990 Established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), 1977 Author of multiple books, including In the Shadow of Man, Reason For Hope: A Spiritual Journey
Jane Goodall is a world-renowned ethologist and an icon of animal protection and environmental activism. She began studying chimpanzees in the wild in Gombe, Tanzania, after meeting the celebrated paleontologist Louis Leakey in 1957, at the age of 23. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute for research and education on wild animals. Since the 1980s, she has been raising awareness of the chimpanzees, working to protect their habitat and improve their treatment. With the goal to have humans, animals, and nature coexist and interact in sustainable harmony, she runs a diverse range of programs such as Roots & Shoots and TACARE.
She is the author of In the Shadow of Man, Reason For Hope: A Spiritual Journey, Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours, and more.
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