In 1977, Dr, Jane Goodall founded this institute under her name to continue her vision and lifelong work of saving the natural world and engaging communities to protect their environment. As a scientist and researcher, Goodall traveled to the forests of Gombe and lived with the chimpanzees in their habitat, where her discoveries changed the world's understanding of the endangered species. Now, she has adopted the labels of naturalist, conservationist, humanitarian, peacemaker, and mentor to spread compassion for all living things.

The Jane Goodall Institute works on a myriad of projects to impact local communities, empower youth, restore habitats, and save chimpanzees from extinction. 

  • Use scientific technologies and methods to track human impacts and restore healthy habitats for chimpanzees and other great apes

  • Educate communities to understand and adhere to laws that protect these species

  • Empower women/girls through education, improving their health, and provide them tools to improve their future 

  • Work with local communities to improve their incomes and show them how to live in harmony with nature 

  • Advocate for humans, animals, and the planet 

  • Protect chimpanzees & other great apes through the Tchimpounga Sanctuary

  • Continue to develop Roots and Shoots: over 8,000 global youth leadership programs that exist in about 150 countries 

  • Research at the Gombe Stream Research Center


Habitat Loss, Poaching, Trafficking, Human Impacts on Habitats, Exotic Animal Trades, and Lack of Education, Family Planning, and Healthcare for Women