Dr Jane Goodall DBE is a world-renowned ethologist, conservationist and United Nations Messenger of Peace. At the young age of 26, she travelled from England to what is now Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. Equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars, but with unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures, and managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. Today, Dr Jane Goodall is considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees and is best known for her 56-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.
In 1977, based on the belief that the well-being of the world relies on people taking an active interest in all living things, Dr Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute, a global non-profit focused on inspiring individual action to improve the understanding, welfare and conservation of great apes and to safeguard the planet. Roots & Shoots, a programme of the Institute, is a network connecting youth who share the same desire; making positive changes for people, animals and the environment. Through this programme, young people are encouraged to identify problems in their communities and take action.
Dr Jane Goodall was named United Nations Messenger of Peace in April 2002 by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan and in 2004 she was honoured as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Her other honours include the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the French Legion of Honour, Medal of Tanzania, Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the Gandhi-King Award for Nonviolence and the Spanish Prince of Asturias Awards.