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Dr. Jane Goodall to speak at SNC Tahoe

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Dr. Jane Goodall to speak at SNC Tahoe

Photo Courtesy Jane Goodall Institute

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Zoe Tuttle, Managing Editor

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Dr. Jane Goodall will be speaking at SNC Tahoe on Thursday, March 28. The lecture will be hosted in TCES 139/141, at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6, and seating will be limited.

At just 26, Dr. Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania to study wild chimpanzees. The year was 1960, and the world of chimpanzees was greatly undiscovered. She immersed herself into the habitat of these wild animals, discovering the complexity of the animals. Her research in the region of Gombe transformed our understanding of chimpanzees, redefining the relationship between humans and animals.

According to the Jane Goodall Institute’s website, it was in 1977 that Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute to support the research in Gombe, and to further protect the chimpanzees and their habitat.

In 1991, after a group of young people confided their concern about deforestation, Goodall invited them to co-found Roots & Shoots, a program in which young people in over 100 countries take action to improve the environment for people and animals alike.

Now Goodall travels the world writing, speaking, and spreading hope through her conservation actions.

“Until we have peace and harmony with the environment, we will never live in a world of peace,” believes Goodall, a quote posted on the Jane Goodall Institute’s website.

Goodall’s impact can be seen across the world. Her groundbreaking research has attracted more women to the field of primatology, the study of primates. Her conservation efforts are also being carried out through the Roots & Shoots organization.

Goodall has been awarded with many awards over the years, including the Gold Medal of Conservation from the San Diego Zoological Society in 1974, the J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize in 1984, and the National Geographic Society Centennial Award in 1988, to name a few.

Through nearly 60 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

Special thanks to the Lake Tahoe School for making this event possible.

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