Doctor Jane Goodall is a British primatologist and anthropologist who has spent the last 50 years being a voice for animals. Famous for the work that she has done with Africa’s wild chimpanzees, she spent ten years living alongside these animals in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. By studying their behavior in greater depth than anyone else ever had, she became the first and only human ever to be fully integrated into a chimpanzee troop, learning things about human/chimpanzee similarity that singlehandedly changed the face of what it means to be human.
In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which is a global leader in the conservation of wild animals and their habitats. She was also the president of Advocates For Animals, an organization that is dedicated to ending the use of animals, and chimpanzees in particular, in research. With her tireless effort, science has learned much about understanding nature. It may then be surprising to learn that this inspiring woman keeps and active Twitter account, where she communicates with young people, answering questions from all over the world.
When she was recently asked what motivates her to get up in the morning, she responded:
What amazing and wonderful advice! We could all stand to learn something from this and start to incorporate a little more of “Mother Nature” into our lives as well.
If you would like to learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute, you can visit their website here.