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It’s been 50 years since she started her chimpanzee research, but for famous primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, animals have always been an important part of her life. Her love affair with animals began before she could even walk, which explains her fervent passion for sparking hope and activism in youth.

Dr. Goodall’s Jane Goodall Institute continues the fight to conserve chimpanzee and endangered species’ habitats that she embarked upon 50 years ago in Gombe, Tanzania.

Her chimpanzee observations – that chimps make and use tools, much like humans – have changed the way we understand the species and humanity, and have helped us answer questions on issues ranging from development to the environment.

Gombe is also the home of Roots and Shoots, an organization which Dr. Goodall uses to ignite environmental activism in youth by fostering compassion and respect for all of Earth’s creatures.

Through active learning and caring for animals, she instills confidence in them and hope for a healthier future.

Her belief is that every individual matters, every individual has a role to play, and every individual can make a difference, regardless of age; the sum of individual actions can make the world a brighter place. Her hope and our children’s hope for the future is what we need to sprout change.

“One of my hopes is that more and more young people….become involved in Roots and Shoots and that somehow I can reach enough hearts for people to have hope, because if people don’t have hope, we may as well give up.”

– Jane Goodall

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