Jane Goodall draws huge crowd

Jane Goodall embarked on pioneering work with chimpanzees in Tanzania more than 50 years ago.

On Feb. 21, the world-renowned primatologist, conservationist and U.N. Messenger of Peace shared her inspirational stories and hopes for the future with audiences of students and community members at the University of Redlands.

Goodall reflected on her past five decades, and her work today on behalf of all wildlife species, but particularly endangered chimpanzees.

She founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) that works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe, and her programs are now across the African continent. She also started the Roots & Shoots youth action program, designed to teach students “to live in peace and harmony, not only with each other but also with the natural world,” which has now has spread to more than 100 countries.

During her visit Monday, Roots & Shoots students from the University and Franklin Elementary School had the opportunity to showcase some of their projects to Goodall in the University’s LaFourcade Garden.

The program, she said, is where she sees young people of “different ages with shining faces who want to share with ‘Dr. Jane’ their brilliant ideas of how to make the world a better place.” Read more details about Goodall’s visit to the University of Redlands in the Redlands Daily Facts.

The Goodall event was presented as part of the Redlands Forum Educational Series, sponsored by Esri and the University’s Town & Gown.