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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA


Dr Jane Goodall is one of the people who have inspired me over many years.

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through nearly 60 years of ground-breaking work, Dr Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to ensure that her vision and life’s work continue to mobilize the collective power of individual action to save the natural world we all share.

In 1991, she created the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots program to inspire young people to be change-makers in their local and global communities, now in nearly 100 countries around the world. This was one of the inspirations behind SWCT helping young people build resilience to life’s challenges through creativity.

Today she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other species, humanity and environmental crises, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and planet we share.

Want to walk in Jane's footsteps and experience her extraordinary story first-hand? Now you can while still #socialdistancing! Take a virtual tour of Becoming Jane to learn all about the living legacy of Dr Jane Goodall. As you enter the exhibition, a CGI wild chimpanzee greets us...

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