THE WORLD- FA­MOUS RE­SEARCHER

Bulletin - - Contents - Pho­tos: Michael Neuge­bauer; Cour­tesy of the Jane Goodall In­sti­tute

Jane Goodall was born to a mid­dle-class fam­ily in London on April 3, 1934. She could not at­tend uni­ver­sity for fi­nan­cial rea­sons and trained as a sec­re­tary. In 1957, she trav­eled to Kenya and con­vinced Louis Leakey, the famed an­thro­pol­o­gist, to hire her as an as­sis­tant. In 1960, Leakey en­trusted her with the first long-term study of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Na­tional Park (in present-day Tan­za­nia). That led to world­wide fame. In ad­di­tion to many hon­orary doc­tor­ates, Goodall re­ceived the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire and was knighted in 2004. She was mar­ried twice and has a son.

To­day, Goodall is busy as an en­vi­ron­men­tal and an­i­mal con­ser­va­tion ac­tivist, trav­el­ing around 300 days a year for that pur­pose. The Jane Goodall In­sti­tute (jane­goodall.org) works to pro­tect pri­mates, es­pe­cially those en­dan­gered by de­for­esta­tion of the rain forests as well as hunt­ing and il­le­gal trade. The projects range from na­ture con­ser­va­tion and species pro­tec­tion to de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ships, and aim to help hu­mans, an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment. In the Repub­lic of the Congo, the in­sti­tute also op­er­ates a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter for or­phaned chimpanzees.

The Roots & Shoots pro­gram for chil­dren and young peo­ple is es­pe­cially dear to Jane Goodall's heart. It was started in Tan­za­nia with twelve ele­men­tary school stu­dents in 1991, and to­day the pro­gram has tens of thou­sands of mem­bers in over 100 coun­tries. Its mem­bers get in­volved in lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial projects. A forestry project is cur­rently un­der way in Switzer­land, for ex­am­ple, that in­cludes an ex­change with chil­dren in Uganda: jane­goodall.ch/roots-shoots

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