Jane Goodall Institute Celebrates Half Centenary

2010 marks a very special year for the Jane Goodall Institute and its founder. Fifty years ago, Jane first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in what is now Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, and began the research that would inspire thousands of primatologists and conservationists, even to this day. Her story is an amazing one, starting with her saving her earnings as a waitress to make the trip abroad. She arrived with only a notebook, a pair of binoculars, a self-taught knowledge of the natural world, and an amazing enthusiasm for the world’s creatures. It is incredible to look at the wealth of achievement that has come from this, and I believe Jane’s is the perfect story to illustrate that anything can be achieved if you are passionate and dedicated enough. Becoming involved in animal research, especially for the conservation of endangered species, should not be viewed as an opportunity only for those lucky enough to hold a doctorate or similar. It is a cause that should embrace all that love and believe in it. Everyone can contribute, on whatever level, all you need is a bit of determination!

Congratulations to Jane and everyone who has been involved in her amazing projects over the years. You have inspired me and many, many others.

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Jane Goodall: What separates us from the apes?


Traveling from Ecuador to Africa, Jane Goodall takes the audience on an ecological journey, discussing highlights and low points of her experiences in the jungle.

She shows how progress is helping research (DNA analysis) and hurting the environment (clear-cutting). And she draws a dozen parallels between primate and human behaviour, making the point that we really aren’t all that different. Our big advantage, she says, is the ability to communicate with sophisticated spoken language – yet, sadly, we are abusing this power and destroying the planet. She urges the TED audience to behave differently, and use their higher powers to correct the planet’s course.

Jane Goodall says Biofuel Crops Hurt Rain Forests

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Reuters published a news report last week, covering Primate scientist Jane Goodall’s voice that the race to grow crops for vehicle fuels is damaging rain forests in Asia, Africa and South America and adding to the emissions blamed for global warming.

“We’re cutting down forests now to grow sugarcane and palm oil for biofuels and our forests are being hacked into by so many interests that it makes them more and more important to save now,” Goodall said on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative, former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s annual philanthropic meeting. Continue reading

Jane Goodall: On the Road

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Jane Goodall is on the road approximately 300 days of the year, spreading her message of hope far and wide.

The JGI Website has a full listing of Jane’s Lecture Tour and Other Events, which is the best place to track her progress around the globe, and find out when she might be appearing near you. All of the lectures listed currently appear to be in the U.S, but of course when she is Europe, Prime Concern we will repost some information and reminders. Should anyone be attending her U.S. please do send us some pictures and some reviews on her events – we would love to hear from you.

The Jane Goodall Institute

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Founded by the famous Primatologist, The Jane Goodall Institute reaches and contributes to many areas including ongoing educational projects, endangered animal sanctuaries, and African community projects. Continue reading