Gombe 60 - Jane Goodall

Six decades ago, Dr. Jane Goodall began a research project unlike any other. Armed with little more than a notepad, a pair of binoculars and a dream of working with wildlife, Dr. Jane’s observations of wild chimpanzees revealed remarkable insights about chimpanzee behaviour and humankind, forever changing our relationship with the animal kingdom.

July 14, 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of Dr. Jane’s first arrival in Gombe, Tanzania, to begin her groundbreaking study of wild chimpanzees. From the eyes of Jane Goodall to the eyes of the world, discoveries in Gombe redefined our relationship to our closest living relatives and our understanding of what it means to be human. The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is proud to commemorate 60 years of discovery, innovation and hope.

The research that Dr. Goodall put in motion so many years ago is as vibrant as ever and now plays an important role not only in helping us understand chimpanzees, but also informs the Jane Goodall Institute’s conservation efforts across the entire chimpanzee range. Join us as we acknowledge the achievements of the past, celebrate the accomplishments of the present, and continue to look to the future; what will we discover next?

Jane: A Legacy of Science
As a pioneering scientist, Dr. Jane Goodall and her revolutionary discoveries have inspired generations, breaking barriers in science and beyond.
Dr. Goodall’s living legacy continues to influence millions of individuals, institutions, and organizations.

Gombe Stream Research Centre
The ground-breaking research at Gombe has spanned 60 years and is the longest running wild chimpanzee study in the world. JGI has developed a wealth of scientific publications, stories, images and film footage of chimpanzee family life, including multiple generations of the F and G families.

Community Centred Conservation
Insights from Gombe have had a tremendous impact on conservation knowledge and innovation, contributing to JGI’s unique holistic approach of protecting chimpanzees while working in partnership with communities to improve human well-being. This serves as a model for other conservation projects, with applications around the world, and in other areas where JGI is working in Africa.


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Because of Dr. Jane’s research, we have learned that chimpanzees are intelligent, social and resourceful animals – almost human at times. We hope that the research at Gombe continues for another 60 years, carrying on Jane’s legacy of curiosity, determination and kindness towards our closest relatives.



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Goodali: Gombe’s Brand new Baby Boy!

In late 2019, a spectacularly exciting thing happened in Gombe… Gremlin, female chimpanzee elder of the ‘G Family’, gave birth to a little baby boy!

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A New Biosphere for the Planet

Jane Goodall announces that Gombe Masito Ugalla, Tanzania has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme.

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Photo Credits: Michael Neugebauer, Hugo van Lawick, Bill Wallauer, Bella Lam