In some ways it’s hard to imagine that fifty years have passed since GreenHero Dr. Jane Goodall, scientist, animal rights activist, and conservationist, first visited Gombe and began studying chimpanzees in the wild.
Yet, so many things have changed since her groundbreaking observation that chimpanzees make tools and hand down the knowledge of how to do this from generation to generation – formerly thought to be a uniquely human attribute.
As this year is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Goodall’s first visit to Gombe, the Jane Goodall Institute issued “Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe,” (Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang – An imprint of ABRAMS 2010) not only in celebration of the amazing achievements of Dr. Goodall’s life, but also as an update to the innovations and evolutions in thinking of Dr. Goodall’s work, and others like her.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be Jane Goodall? This GreenHero has been working to protect chimps for 50 years, when she was just a young woman without a formal education in conservation. Today, she has travelled the world, and her experiences have changed significantly.
No longer working for long periods of time directly with the chimps, her work now is about sprouting change in people and youth around the world. Take a peek into a day in the life of Jane Goodall, and see how her experiences have changed from the 1960's to today.
When it comes down to it, Jane Goodall is all about the animals. For over 50 years, she has devoted herself primarily to the conservation of chimps, but her repertoire of conservation efforts and campaigns now extends to all endangered animals.
It was fitting then that on TV the other evening was an episode of The Nature of Things, hosted by another of our GreenHeroes, David Suzuki. The featured episode was For the Love of Elephants, a documentary shot on location in Kenya, telling the story of orphaned elephants in Africa.
We Day is sweeping the hearts and minds of our nation’s youth. The event first hit Toronto on September 30th, then Vancouver on October 15th, leaving thousands of inspired pre-teens in its path. Next stop is Montreal on November 12th, where thousands more young people will be spurred to act and inspired to change the world.
It’s been 50 years since she started her chimpanzee research, but for famous primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, animals have always been an important part of her life. Her love affair with animals began before she could even walk, which explains her fervent passion for sparking hope and activism in youth.
Dr. Goodall’s Jane Goodall Institute continues the fight to conserve chimpanzee and endangered species’ habitats that she embarked upon 50 years ago in Gombe, Tanzania. Her chimpanzee observations – that chimps make and use tools, much like humans – have changed the way we understand the species and humanity, and have helped us answer questions on issues ranging from development to the environment.