Jane Goodall is an English primatologist and anthropologist. She is best known for her decades spanning and groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees and their social interactions at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. During these studies, that started in 1960, she challenged many long-standing assumptions such as “that only humans could construct and use tools, and that chimpanzees were vegetarians”.
In 1977 she founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which aims to conserve the natural world by protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people. One of their programs, Roots & Shoots, aims to “empower young people to affect positive change in their communities.”
Goodall is well known for her environmental, humanitarian, and animal rights activism. She is a member of the World Future Council and was named a UN Messenger of Peace in 2002.