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While my main area of expertise is primates – and I note that both Gorillas and Chimpanzees are now listed on the Appendices to CMS – so meet the Convention’s definition of a migratory species – I am also fascinated by birds – which are almost all much, much smaller than Gorillas and Chimpanzees. But what they lack in size, they more than make up for in terms of the intrepid journeys that they undertake on their annual migrations. These migrations are feats of endurance and require great navigational skills – some innate others learned.  The Arctic tern, Sterna paradisaea has…

Gremlin, her three adult daughters, and their offspring, have dominated the female hierarchy of the Kasakela community in Gombe, Tanzania, in recent years. It is not uncommon to find two, three, or even all four of these females and their families foraging together peacefully through Kakombe Valley in the heart of the Kasakelan’s range. With such a numerical advantage over other families in the community, it is a risk to challenge any member of the powerful and ever growing ‘G’ family. But that wasn’t always the case. From the time I began my work in Gombe National Park over 25…

With the Oxford Word of the Year 2018 being toxic, and its use to reflect the passing year as a whole, one can’t help but to feel hopeless. But in times of hopelessness, Dr. Jane Goodall uses her voice and words to ignite a specific goal or plan of action, which is what we all need to direct our focus in the next year! With that being said, we’ve gathered some of our favorite Jane quotes from 2018 to lead us into a more hopeful 2019 to help make the Oxford Word of the Year 2019 “Hope”! “There is still…

Fall is here! To dive into an innovative and fun school year, the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots program has a unique activity that everyone will love. During these sunny Fall days where we have ample time to adventure and a thirst to make an impact on the world, the Roots & Shoots 4-step formula (shown below) can come in handy for crafting simple and local service projects that are fun and help people, other animals and the environment in your community! Fall for Community Mapping After getting engaged and inspired by Dr. Jane’s story in the R&S formula’s…

For nearly six decades, the area of Western Tanzania surrounding Gombe National Park has been home base for much of Dr. Goodall’s research and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute. This work has always sought to build community and integrate conservation with the needs of local people. This week, this region, known to the Institute as the Gombe Masito Ugalla ecosystem was designated as an official Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) along with 23 other sites around the world. According to UNESCO these reserves reconcile biodiversity conservation with human activity through the use…

After years of planning and wishing, today we finally announce the creation of the FIRST EVER World Chimpanzee Day to be celebrated on this July 14th, 2018! The Jane Goodall Institute global network of chapters and Roots & Shoots Offices celebrates World Chimpanzee Day, along with many other NGOs and individuals around the globe, in honor of the day in 1960 when our founder, Dr. Jane Goodall, first stepped foot in what is now Gombe Stream National Park to study wild chimpanzees. The day will be a celebration of our closest living relatives and all we know and continue to learn…

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 3 of…

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…

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