WITS NEWS: Jane Goodall at Wits


Some of the rescued chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimp Sanctuary in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Photo: Dinesh Balliah.

This article was originally posted by Wits University on 31 January 2014.

Dr Jane Goodall, world renowned chimpanzee expert and UN Messenger of Peace, will deliver a public lecture at Wits University on the topic:

“The Life and Times of Dr Jane Goodall – in celebration of her 80th year”

Date: Friday, 7 February 2014

Time: 17:30 for 18:00

Venue: Great Hall, Braamfontein Campus East, Wits University

The lecture is free but attendees are invited to make a donation of R150 per person to the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa (JGISA). To make a donation online, visit http://www.janegoodall.co.za/h2h-donations.htm.

The JGISA will also be selling their new, limited edition, fundraising Relate bracelets at the lecture. The bracelets jointly celebrate the birthdays of Goodall, who will be turning 80 on 3 April; Thabu, the JGISA’s youngest chimp, who will be turning one; and Joao, the JGISA’s oldest chimp, who is an estimated 70 years old! The bracelets will be on sale for R40.

About Dr Jane Goodall

Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, is a world-renowned British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace. Her extensive research into the behaviour of chimpanzees, which started in Tanzania in the 1960s and continues today, fundamentally altered scientific thinking about the relationship between humans and other mammals.

In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues her research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is recognised for its innovative, community-centred conservation and development programmes. Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, an environmental and humanitarian youth programme, connects thousands of youth globally who make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Her honours include the French Legion of Honour, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Goodall was appointed as a UN Messenger of Peace and in 2004 was named a Dame of the British Empire.

For enquiries, contact:

Kelebogile Tadi on 011 717 1146 or email kelebogile.tadi@wits.ac.za