Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Advisory Board

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Dr. Goodall, a British primatologist, anthropologist, ethologist and UN Messenger of Peace, is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees.  In the late 1950’s, she began studying chimpanzees for anthropologist Louis Leakey at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania.  Her research, which continued for 45 years, is the framework of all that we know about the species today.  Some of her most notable discoveries include chimpanzees’ omnivorous diet and hunting behaviors, their ability to make and use tools, and their complex and highly developed social behaviors.

Though most of Dr. Goodall’s groundbreaking observations were made before she had any formal college training, she later received a Ph.D. in Ethology from Cambridge University.  She has since earned a multitude of honorary doctorate degrees from universities all over the world, as well as winning countless prestigious awards for conservation, animal welfare, education and outreach, and international peace.  She founded the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots and Shoots, both well-known international organizations dedicated to environmental and wildlife conservation.  In addition, she has written and published 24 books about her experiences with the chimps of Gombe, in addition to conservation, animal welfare, and general humanitarian issues.

Dr. Goodall has visited Chimps Inc. on two occasions and we are honored to consider her a member of our advisory board.