Speaking For the Forests with Dr. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

The Surui Tribe in the Amazon Rainforest had contact with the outside world just in 1969. Now, they are working with organizations around the globe to enter the carbon marketplace to preserve their rainforest and their way of life — living in harmony with the rainforest. Local communities in Tanzania are also getting help from organizations like the Jane Goodall Institute to preserve their culture and biodiversity.

Source: National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/explorers/jane-goodall/

Jane Goodall is a world-renowned pioneer of the study of chimpanzee behavior and prolific author of books and articles.

Born April 3, 1934, in London, Goodall has had a lifelong fascination with animals that began at an early age. In the summer of 1960, the young Englishwoman arrived on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, East Africa. Although it was unheard of for a woman to venture into the wilds of the African forest, going meant the fulfillment of her childhood dream of living like Tarzan and Dr. Dolittle and writing about the animals with whom she lived.

Within a few months of her arrival, Goodall met the famed anthropologist and paleontologist Louis Leakey. One of Leakey’s interests was to study wild chimpanzees to gain insight into the evolutionary past of humans. Goodall’s patience and persistent desire to understand animals prompted Leakey to choose her for this pioneering study.

In 1965 Goodall earned her Ph.D. in ethology from Cambridge University. Soon after, she returned to Tanzania to continue research and to establish the Gombe Stream Research Centre. Her profound scientific discoveries—such as the discovery of toolmaking by chimpanzees—laid the foundation for all future primate studies. Her research went on to show many other striking similarities between humans and chimpanzees.

In 1977 Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, now based in Arlington, Virginia. Grounded in her pioneering study of chimpanzee behavior, the institute is dedicated to the well-being of all living things.

Goodall is highly respected in both the scientific and lay communities and has received honorary doctorates from numerous universities. She was the international recipient of the 1996 Caring Award and the Sigma Xi society’s 1996 William Proctor Prize for Scientific Achievement. Queen Elizabeth II awarded her the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and she is the only non-Tanzanian to have received the Medal of Tanzania. Additional honors include the Ark Trust Lifetime Achievement Award, the Encyclopaedia Britannica Award, and the Animal Welfare Institute’s Albert Schweitzer Award.

In 1995 Goodall received the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal “for her extraordinary 35-year study of wild chimpanzees and for tirelessly defending the natural world we share.”

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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