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Below are excerpts from a digital journal being kept by Rick Asselta, a JGI volunteer and friend of Jane Goodall’s, chronicling the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Rick is credited as one of the earliest Roots & Shoots mentors having collaborated with Jane and others on the development of the program in the early 1990s. Rick and his wife, Nelly, established a robust Roots & Shoots network in Connecticut before they moved to Puerto Rico where they continue to share Jane’s message with local youth and Rick serves as the volunteer coordinator of Roots & Shoots Caribbean.  This is Part 1 of…

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Below are excerpts from a digital journal being kept by Rick Asselta, a JGI volunteer and friend of Jane Goodall’s, chronicling the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Rick is credited as one of the earliest Roots & Shoots mentors having collaborated with Jane and others on the development of the program in the early 1990s. Rick and his wife, Nelly, established a robust Roots & Shoots network in Connecticut before they moved to Puerto Rico where they continue to share Jane’s message with local youth and Rick serves as the volunteer coordinator of Roots & Shoots Caribbean.  This is Part 2 of…

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I was profoundly shocked when I heard that Wayne Lotter, co-founder of PAMS Foundation, and known for his courageous fight against poaching of wildlife, had been shot and killed earlier this week in the Masaki district of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Wayne was a hero of mine, a hero to many, someone who devoted his life to protecting Africa’s wildlife. As a young man, he served as a ranger in his native South Africa before moving to East Africa to fight poaching, especially elephant poaching in Tanzania. It was in 2009 that he teamed up with Krissie Clark and Ally Namangaya to form the…

Across the continent of Africa, wildlife sanctuaries are working hard to better the lives of their native animals. From improving electrical lines to protect monkeys from accidental electrocution to educating communities about the misconceptions of traditional medicine using ape bones, the responsibilities of a sanctuary extend well beyond helping injured and orphaned animals. While each sanctuary faces unique trials, having a means to communicate and share knowledge of successes and challenges with one another can save each sanctuary effort and resources. This is where the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) comes in. Founded in 2000, PASA is a non-profit charity…

In a single fateful moment (not unique to the series of serendipitous meetings and events of Dr. Jane Goodall’s life), Jane flew over Tanzania and saw that the sacred forest home of the world famous chimps of Gombe was on the verge of disappearing entirely. The Jane Goodall Institute, founded by Jane 40 years ago, took a turn with her realization: the organization would initiate TACARE, a program supporting communities around Lake Tanganyika while addressing rapid degradation of the natural resources, prevent logging, damaging forms of agriculture, illegal bushmeat hunting and other harmful practices. However, this was only part of the…

When I heard that Robert had left us, I found it hard to believe.  For it marks the passing of an era, the era of the first great early ethologists, Konrad Lorenz, Karl von Fritz, Niko Tinbergen, Robert’s supervisor, David Lack – and Robert Hinde himself. It is not my intention to write about the huge influence Robert’s work had on ethology, psychology and other branches of science:  only on the way he impacted my own career, and the development of the Gombe Stream Research Centre. When, in 1962, Louis Leakey secured me a place in Cambridge University to work…

It was a great honour for me to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace along with Elie Wiesel. Having survived the horrors of the Nazi death camps that killed his father, and almost killed him, it would be understandable if thoughts of hatred and a desire for revenge had coloured the rest of his life. Instead he spoke, along with Nelson Mandela, of the need for forgiveness. I heard him speak twice to the young people of different nationalities gathered on International Day of Peace at the UN headquarters in New York. And on both occasions they listened with…

Endangered Species Day is on its way! Falling on Friday, May 20, Endangered Species day is a time people should focus on learning about endangered animal populations, the threats that they are facing, and what we can do to help! To get our supporters talking about this special day, the Jane Goodall Institute has collected several stories about different endangered species. Grizzly Bears: They Still Need to be Protected North American grizzly bears were once hunted to near extinction. Thanks to protections provided under the Endangered Species Act, their populations have been allowed to recover, though they have not yet…

Last year, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service ruled that all chimpanzees, wild and captive, will be classified as endangered. This was a departure from their previous ruling, which only listed wild chimpanzees as endangered. Captive chimpanzees in the US enjoyed no such protection, and could legally be subjected to lonely, painful lives as invasive research subjects and entertainers. The new ruling from the Service makes it much more difficult to keep chimpanzees in such horrific conditions, and was a decision lauded by Dr. Goodall. After the ruling, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) subsequently decided to retire all…

Forests provide billions of humans and animals with shelter and food. They clean the air we that we breathe and provide us with an amazing array of resources, from fuel to medicine. Today on Arbor Day, the Jane Goodall Institute and people all over the world will reflect on the state of forests and trees in our planet, and find ways to help curb the rapid and destructive deforestation that is found all over the globe. Deforestation in the Congo Basin is one of the biggest threats facing chimpanzees today, and could be leading to their extinction. Logging and mining operations…

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