Jane Goodall’s Five Reasons for Hope

Jane Goodall, Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
Photo by Michael Nichols, National GeographicIn 1995, after a hard day of following Gombe chimpanzees over difficult terrain in Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
Photo by Michael Nichols, National Geographic

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, is a legendary scientist, conservationist, humanitarian, and a UN Messenger of Peace. She is the founder of The Jane Goodall Institute, established in 1977, to help expand the protection of chimpanzees in their natural habitat.

An initial grant from the National Geographic Society launched the career of legendary primatologist Jane Goodall, supporting her work studying chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, in what would become one of the longest continuous field studies of animals in the wild.

Jane helped with the launch of the Disney Conservation Fund, and the Jane Goodall Institute has partnered with them to grow the Roots and Shoots program.

Dr. Jane Goodall ends all of her lectures with her “five reasons for hope." At a time when we all could use a little hope, here they are:

Jane Goodall, in her home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 1995
Photo by Michael Nichols, National Geographic

Learn more about Dr. Jane Goodall’s conservation and advocacy efforts at Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, an exhibition organized by National Geographic and the Jane Goodall Institute.

National Geographic is celebrating Earth Day with Jane Goodall: The Hope, a documentary honoring Dr. Jane Goodall.