Jane Goodall--Global Conservationist 01-05-2006 11:46

Dr. Jane Goodall, is a real life "Tarzan" and a hero of nature and the environment. Her life story is legendary.

In the summer of 1960, the 26-year-old Jane Goodall arrived on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in East Africa to study the area's chimpanzee population.

Although it was unheard of for a woman to venture into the wild African forest, this was a lifelong childhood dream for Jane Goodall.

At first, Jane could not get close to the chimps of Gombe, but gradually she was able to move closer to the chimpanzees and watch them from a distance with binoculars.Eventually, Jane grew very close to the chimps at Gombe. Jane's sense of patience and trust won them over, and she enjoyed a degree of acceptance that was hardly dreamed possible. She sat among the chimps, and they would greet her as they do each other with a touch or a kiss.

Perhaps most significantly, Jane's work opened a window into the world of chimpanzees for a public with a strong curiosity, and it would prove more successful than anyone had ever


Nowadays, Jane is a leading conservationist. She started the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots and Shoots, global non-profit organizations that empower people to make a difference for all living things. Roots & Shoots is the environmental and humanitarian program for the youth of The Jane Goodall Institute. Roots & Shoots chapters have been established in over 90 countries including China, which officially started the program 5 years ago. The organization provides training to teachers and advisors, and holds many activities concentrating on care and concern for the environment, animals and the community. More and more young people in China are joining Roots & Shoots Clubs and showing great interest in participating in Roots & Shoots activities. To date, more than 200 groups involving over 50 thousand students from pre-school to university age have been formed around China.

Join us on Up-Close to experience the amazing stories of the world-renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall.

--Written By Zhang Yao

Editor:Chen Zhuo

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