Dr. Jane Goodall Mourns Passing of Dr. Shirley McGreal


With the passing of Dr. Shirley McGreal the primates have lost a true friend, and conservation has lost a true hero.  I remember when I first met Shirley – years and years ago! – and went to visit the gibbons she had rescued in South Carolina.  Starting with her love for  gibbons, Shirley built up the gibbon sanctuary, and founded her organization IPPL that has made a difference to thousands of primates and also to the many people working to conserve them in different parts of the world.

Shirley was compassionate, passionate, committed – and courageous. She was not afraid to tackle anything and as a result went through some devastating law suits, all of which she won.

The successive editions of the IPPL magazine chronicled her extraordinary career and have always been filled with stories of the different missions she undertook and their successful outcomes, along with heart breaking examples of the terrible cruelty she saw repeatedly – along with the happy outcomes as, one after the other, different individuals were rescued.

It is hard to think of the world without Shirley, but she has built up a team of committed people in different countries who will all carry on her work.  Her spirit will remain with us.

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Jane Goodall is a passionate road warrior, traveling nearly 300 days each year on a worldwide speaking tour to raise awareness, inspire change, and encourage each of us to do our part in making the world a better place. Jane's love for animals started at a young age and in July of 1960, at the age of 26, she followed her dreams and traveled from England to what is now Tanzania, to bravely enter the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars, but with her unyielding patience and optimism, she won the trust of the Gombe chimpanzees, and opened a window into their lives for all to see. Jane's studies has taught humanity one of the most important lessons - that we humans are not the only beings on this planet with personalities, minds capable of thinking and above all, emotions. Her findings shook the scientific community and made us re-evaluate what it means to be human.