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Jane Goodall the renowned primatologist and conservationist received two honorary degrees for her lifetime achievements . The degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Haifa. She was here in Toronto, Canada last week.

Goodall, 74, began her research into the behaviour of wild chimpanzees in Africa in 1960. The London- born anthropologist spent decades observing the chimps at Gombe and her work resulted in a new understanding of the species including their human-like use of tools and social interactions.

She continues her message of wildlife conservation. Through her years of studying wild chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe National Park she discovered her life's purpose was to make an even bigger difference and help save the earth. She says that anyone can make a difference just by paying attention to the consequences of their everyday actions.

Every village in Tanzania now is required by the government to make land management plans for forest protection because the human communities have encroached on the habitats of the chimpanzees and other animals.

"We have to do whatever we can, because there are only 100 chimps left," she said, speaking of the original three groups she brgan studying in the 60's.

When legendary scientist Jane Goodall first came to Tanzania more than 35 years ago to study the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, the vast, flourishing forest teemed with apes. Today, the park is ravaged by logging, and home to only about 40 chimps, who live confined to a few protected square miles.

But the chimp population in Gombe remains abuzz with drama and intrigue. Of the many chimps Ms. Goodall got to know when she began her studies in 1960, just one — Fifi — is alive today. And Fifi’s two eldest sons, Freud and Frodo, are now locked in a power struggle over the title of top-ranking male, a conflict that is dominating life in the community.
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Thank you for posting Sue.

Dame Jane Goodall, DBE (born Valerie Jane Morris Goodall on 3 April 1934) is an English UN Messenger of Peace, primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist. She is well-known for her 45-year study of chimpanzee social and family interactions in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, and for founding the Jane Goodall Institute.


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Jane Goodall was born in London, England in 1934. As a child she was given a lifelike chimpanzee toy named Jubilee by her father. Goodall was not very interested in animals until her father brought her the stuffed animal. Today, the toy still sits on her dresser in London.

Goodall is best known for her study of chimpanzee social and family life. In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which supports the Gombe research, and she is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. With nineteen offices around the world, the JGI is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa and a global youth program, Roots & Shoots, which currently has over 8,000 groups in over 100 countries.

Goodall is also a board member for the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary outside of Africa, Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce, Florida.

One of Goodall's major break-throughs in the field of primatology was the discovery of tool-making among chimpanzees during her study. Though many animals had been clearly observed using 'tools', previously, only humans were thought to make tools, and tool-making was considered the defining difference between humans and other animals. This discovery convinced several scientists to reconsider their definition of being human


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Thank you for this information.

I have followed Jane Goodal's career closely for a very long time.

Jane Goodall has spent decades documenting the behaviour and plight of chimpanzees in Africa, and
she is the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees, having closely observed their behavior for the past quarter century in the jungles of the Gombe Game Reserve in Africa, living in the chimps' environment and gaining their confidence.

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Thank you for your replies and additional information.

Here is another interesting website on this topic

In the summer of 1960, 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 wilds of the African forest, the trip meant the fulfillment of Jane Goodall's childhood dream. Jane’s work in Tanzania would prove more successful than anyone had imagined...

...Today, Jane spends much of her time lecturing, sharing her message of hope for the future and encouraging young people to make a difference in their world.
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Originally posted by dear Sue 1:Jane Goodall the renowned primatologist and conservationist received two honorary degrees for her lifetime achievements . The degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Haifa.
That's great! Thanks for sharing Sue!

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I attended a lecture last nigt by Jane Goodall.
It is 50 years since she first went to Africa and started her incredible work.

She has hope for our planet, but she suggests that each one must play a part in the conservation of the Earth so that our grandchildren can survive.

She is an incredible lady; she still travels 300 days a year to all the poorest people on the planet and tries to bring some sort of hope and help to these communities, and today is her birthday.


Here is some information on the following website:
Jane's Reasons for Hope
"It is easy to be overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness as we look around the world. We are losing species at a terrible rate, the balance of nature is disturbed, and we are destroying our beautiful planet. We have fear about water supplies, where future energy will come from – and most recently the developed world has been mired in an economic crisis. But in spite of all this I do have hope. And my hope is based on four factors.

The Human Brain
Firstly, we have at last begun to understand and face up to the problems that threaten us and the survival of life on Earth as we know it. Surely we can use our problem-solving abilities, our brains, to find ways to live in harmony with nature. Many companies have begun "greening" their operations, and millions of people worldwide are beginning to realize that each of us has a responsibility to the environment and our descendants. Everywhere I go, I see people making wiser choices, and more responsible ones.

The Indomitable Human Spirit
My second reason for hope lies in the indomitable nature of the human spirit. There are so many people who have dreamed seemingly unattainable dreams and, because they never gave up, achieved their goals against all the odds, or blazed a path along which others could follow. The recent presidential election in the US is one example. As I travel around the world I meet so many incredible and amazing human beings. They inspire me. They inspire those around them.

The Resilience of Nature
My third reason for hope is the incredible resilience of nature. I have visited Nagasaki, site of the second atomic bomb that ended World War II. Scientists had predicted that nothing could grow there for at least 30 years. But, amazingly, greenery grew very quickly. One sapling actually managed to survive the bombing, and today it is a large tree, with great cracks and fissures, all black inside; but that tree still produces leaves. I carry one of those leaves with me as a powerful symbol of hope. I have seen such renewals time and again, including animal species brought back from the brink of extinction.

The Determination of Young People
My final reason for hope lies in the tremendous energy, enthusiasm and commitment of young people around the world. As they find out about the environmental and social problems that are now part of their heritage, they want to right the wrongs. Of course they do -- they have a vested interest in this, for it will be their world tomorrow. They will be moving into leadership positions, into the workforce, becoming parents themselves. Young people, when informed and empowered, when they realize that what they do truly makes a difference, can indeed change the world. We should never underestimate the power of determined young people.

I meet many young people with shining eyes who want to tell Dr. Jane what they've been doing, how they are making a difference in their communities. Whether it's something simple like recycling or collecting trash, something that requires a lot of effort, like restoring a wetland or a prairie, or whether it's raising money for the local dog shelter, they are a continual source of inspiration. My greatest reason for hope is the spirit and determination of young people, once they know what the problems are and have the tools to take action.

So let’s move forward in this new millennium with hope, for without it all we can do is eat and drink the last of our resources as we watch our planet slowly die. Let’s have faith in ourselves, in our intellect, in our staunch spirit and in our young people. And let’s do the work that needs to be done, with love and compassion."

--Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE

This is Jane’s life today – sometimes exhausting, but always driven by purpose. Jane is determined to use just about every minute she has working to save chimpanzees and to empower people -- young and old -- to do what they can for a better world.


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Jane Goodall sent me this thank you letter for attending her lecture:

Dear Friends, On behalf of Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, thank you so much for attending An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall, co‐presented by the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity at the ROM! We were thrilled that you could join us for the wrap‐up of our celebrations of Dr. oodall’s pioneering research into chimpanzee behaviour at Gombe in Tanzania, now the
longest‐running wildlife study in the world. Over the years, the work of the Institute has expanded from support of this original ground‐reaking research to addressing the increasing threats facing chimpanzees in the wild, and the
need to empower people all around the world to live more sustainably. The support of people like you is crucial to the success of all these efforts – from our community‐centred conservation activities in Africa, to the ongoing care of orphaned chimpanzees at our sanctuaries, and to the dynamic growth of the Roots & Shoots global youth ction program, which now has more than 500 groups registered across Canada alone ‐ and
thousands more around the world. hope that you were inspired by Dr. Goodall’s presentation, and by her reasons for hope. We you will continue to help us make this work possible.
appreciate your support and hope thatith sincere thanks and appreciation,

Jane Goodall
Executive Director
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