“Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, shall we be saved.”

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall equipped with just a notebook and binoculars travelled from England to deepest jungles of Tanzania, to entered the unknown world of wild chimpanzees. With her patience and optimism she won the trust of the shy creatures and revolutionised how we think about both chimpanzees and ourselves. The public were fascinated by her discoveries from the created Gombe Tanzania National Park which still remains to this day. The Jane Goodall Institute UK’s mission is to make a difference for all living things through conservation, research and education. That seems to be an awfully big mission statement to us Geeks but we are overwhelmed by JGI global impact on conversation and education! JGI was initiated national park conservation programs across Africa that include sustainable development projects to engage the local people.

Not only do the community centred conservation preserve the natural habitats for chimpanzees but it combines education amongst the communities whilst producing outstanding studies of primates in the wild. She inspires action on behalf of endangered species and encourage the younger generation to take part in making the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. This is relieved by the JGI’s Roots and Shoots youth education program aims to inspire the younger generation to take a positive action in conservation of the environment and its habitats.

A research expedition sent her to study chimpanzees to examine their behaviour and discover their relationship to man. Goodall ignored the scientific mandate and studied the creatures for their own interest and their value. She took the opportunity to create institutions which have yielded unquestionable conservation research, as well as inspiring many young women and men into science and conservation.