Jane Goodall is a primatologist, anthropologist, ethologist, conservationist, pioneer, researcher, philanthropist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots, author, childrens book author, UN Messenger of Peace and she has 47 honorary degrees.
At age 26 she began her journey and left the United Kingdom for Africa. Soon after, she ended up in Gombe National Park in Tanzania studying chimpanzees which were always her passion. The chimps became her family and she closely observed their behaviors and habits.
She is an activist not only for animals, but all humanity and our planet. Her love for our planet has also become one of her missions. She has witnessed the destruction of our planet, but she still has hope and believes things can be turned around.
She said her first love wasn’t actually chimps, but trees. She said trees are ‘beings’ and she gives them as much respect as the chimps. Her book Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the Plant World is must read for gardeners.
Still today in her 70’s, she travels 300 days out of the year. When she became a UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Goodall said “to achieve global peace, we must not only stop fighting each other, but also stop destroying the natural world.”
There is now the Jane Goodall rose as well as the Jane Goodall orchid, appropriately named in her honor.
Recommended reading: Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the Plant World – Jane Goodall