Gombe 60

Discovery | Innovation | Hope

 

HONORING 60 YEARS OF GROUND BREAKING RESEARCH AND DISCOVERIES GROWING UNDERSTANDING OF AND COMPASSION FOR OUR CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVES, AND OURSELVES.

WHAT WILL WE DISCOVER NEXT?

On July 14, 2020, the Jane Goodall Institute Australia will mark the 60th anniversary of the day that Dr. Jane Goodall first arrived in what is now Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, to begin her groundbreaking study of the wild chimpanzees living there. Recognizing 60 years of discovery, the Jane Goodall Institute is proud to honor the revolutionary scientific insights, community-centered conservation, current research, and expansive legacy of our work in Gombe.

JGI’s ground-breaking science, conservation, and connections to the community around Gombe makes it one of the world’s most important and precious resources, which will continue to grow in remarkable ways for many years to come.

 

Make a difference with us.

As a trailblazing researcher, Dr. Jane Goodall’s discoveries in Gombe and worldwide influence inspire generations across fields, breaking barriers in science, and beyond. Dr. Goodall’s example and story spurred a global movement, encouraging scientific expansion and an important increase in the number of women in STEM and related fields. Dr. Goodall’s living legacy continues to influence millions of individuals, institutions, and organizations.

  • Over 300 publications from Gombe researchers since 1960.
  • Nearly 50 PhDs and masters have been obtained through work in Gombe, with generations of researchers going on to work at major universities, organizations, and other agencies and institutions all over the globe.
  • Over 250 researchers that have conducted studies in Gombe, including Tanzanians, with generations of mentees following in their footsteps.
  • It is estimated that since 1960, as there has been a growth of women in the workplace across the board, there has also been an important jump of 7% to 26% in STEM (from 1970-2011 CENSUS).

Video Capture of Interactive Elements of Gombe 60 Story Map

GO BEHIND THE BINOCULARS TO FOLLOW IN JANE’S FOOTSTEPS

JGI’s Gombe60 Storymap, created with support from Esri and Blueraster, showcases the singular living legacy of this dynamic place of discovery. Learn even more about the wild chimpanzees of Gombe, become immersed in the research and current scientific impacts, and examine the role of Gombe in modern community-led conservation.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF GOMBE RESEARCH

SUPPORTING SCIENCE ACROSS DISCIPLINES

Over 300 publications focusing on chimpanzee behavior, health, or other insights have emerged from Gombe. They are cited by scientists every day.

Jane’s approach to wild chimpanzee research, studying the day-to-day lives of the chimpanzees, remains in practice today.

WORLD RECORD BREAKER

Guinness World Records has recognized our Gombe research as the longest-running continuous study of chimpanzees.

UNDERSTANDING GOMBE’S OTHER PRIMATES

Researchers like Dr. Anthony Collins, have led other incredible studies of other Gombe primates including baboons, which the Gombe team have now studied for 53 years. Other younger studies on red-tail and blue monkeys add to the richness of our understanding of Gombe’s primates.

 

ADVANCING UNDERSTANDING BEYOND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Studies in Gombe of chimpanzee mothers and infants, adolescent females, vocalizations, and health (including the SIV virus – the precursor of HIV), climate and habitat monitoring, annual and seasonal productivity changes in vegetation, and chimpanzee population surveys all greatly contribute essential findings to their respective fields.

HELP JGI SECURE THE FUTURE OF GOMBE AND BEYOND

 

Photo credits on this page (left to right, top to bottom): Michael Christopher Brown/Magnum, Michael Neugebauer, JGI/Susana Name, Nick Riley, JGI/Fernando Turmo, JGI/ MIke Wilson, Andy Nelson, JGI/Jen Croft