#RespectYourElders: Dr. Jane Goodall (born 1934), is one of the world’s best-known primatologists, a scientist that studies primates.

Inspired by a love of animals, Goodall traveled to the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in 1960, in what is now Tanzania. Over time, the chimpanzees became more comfortable with Goodall’s presence, allowing her to observe a variety of behaviors that had not been studied before that time. Her findings fascinated the public and revolutionized much of what was believed about chimpanzees.

Goodall spent more than a quarter-century studying chimpanzees, during which time she earned her doctorate from Cambridge University, and founded both the Gombe Stream Research Centre and the Jane Goodall Institute to further the research at Gombe. In the 1980s, due to rapid deforestation and its effect on the chimpanzees, Goodall left her work in Africa to travel the world speaking about the importance of conservation efforts and environmentalism. She also founded the Roots & Shoots program, which encourages children and youth around the world to get involved in projects in their own communities that benefit people, animals and the environment.

Goodall has written books for adults and children, been featured in documentaries and received numerous awards and honors. She continues to work in conservation and animal activism to this day, and traveled to Tanzania earlier this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Roots & Shoots.

Jane _Goodall _2015

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