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World-renowned ethologist and conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, visited the Academy of the Sacred Heart on March 16, speaking to Sacred Heart students in first through twelfth grades, as well as students from Holy Name of Jesus School, Louise S. McGehee School, Samuel J. Green Charter School, Sophie B. Wright Charter School, and Stuart Hall School for Boys. Best known for her landmark study with the wild chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, over her nearly 60 year career, Dr. Goodall's work has grown into a global movement to improve communities for humans as well as wildlife and protect the environment we share.
About Jane Goodall:
Jane Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London, England. At the young age of 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her groundbreaking study of chimpanzees in the wild—immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbor rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to advance education, conservation and research around the world and for generations to come. Today, Dr. Goodall travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope. In her books and speeches, she emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the collective power of individual action. Dr. Goodall is a UN Messenger of Peace and Dame Commander of the British Empire.
About the Jane Goodall Institute:
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall's pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior started more than 50 years ago — research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader (with offices in 30 countries) in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, which has groups in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit: janegoodall.org.