Dr. Goodall does not handle wild chimps. This orphan chimpanzee lives at a JGI sanctuary.
Photograph courtesy Michael Neugebauer
Jane Goodall, the well-renowned primatologist, has received the prestigious Leakey Prize for achievement in the fields of ape and human evolution. Dr. Leakey moved to the African jungle of Lake Tanganyika in 1960 to study chimpanzees, the closest living relatives of humans. Dr. Goodall has spent her career observing and documenting chimp behavior and working to conserve their natural habitats.
Dr. Goodall’s research showed us that chimpanzees use tools, hunt, and form complex family relationships. The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation includes a conservation education program, Roots & Shoots, which works with young people around the world.
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