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July 23, 2021


Dr Jane Goodall named as a COP26 Advocate with 100 days to go until crucial UN climate change summit

Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace named COP26 Advocate

  • Environmentalist and expert in the study of animal behaviour Dr Jane Goodall joins COP26 as an Advocate
  • Over her 60 year research career, Dr Goodall has redefined the relationship between humans and animals
  • For COP26, she will speak about forests, biodiversity and nature-based solutions in the run up to the climate change summit in Glasgow

World-renowned environmentalist Dr Jane Goodall has today been announced as a COP26 Advocate, marking 100 days to go until the crucial climate change summit in Glasgow.

As COP26 Advocate, Dr Goodall will help bring the world’s attention to the importance of tackling climate change and COP26 – the most important international climate meeting since the signing of the Paris Agreement.

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March 10, 2021



Goodall Joins Past Laureates Mother Teresa and Francis Collins as First Female Ethologist to Receive One of the World’s Largest Individual Lifetime Achievement Awards

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace, and world-renowned ethologist and conservationist, whose groundbreaking discoveries changed humanity’s understanding of its role in the natural world, was announced today as the winner of the 2021 Templeton Prize. The Templeton Prize, valued at over $1.5 million, is one of the world’s largest annual individual awards. Established by the late global investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, it is given to honor those who harness the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it. Unlike Goodall’s past accolades, the Templeton Prize specifically celebrates her scientific and spiritual curiosity. The Prize rewards her unrelenting effort to connect humanity to a greater purpose and is the largest single award that Dr. Goodall has ever received.

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March 10, 2021


Anna Rathmann Joins JGI USA as new Executive Director

JGI USA is delighted to announce that Anna Rathmann has agreed to join JGI USA as executive director, as of March 1, 2021. Anna is a proven leader with track record of successfully conceptualizing, building, and executing complex strategies across multi-dimensional organizations. She has an extensive understanding of the philanthropic landscape with an ability to leverage and facilitate complex funding strategies and partnerships. She also has direct experience establishing charitable entities in the US, UK, and Canada.

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October 15, 2020


Hollis Taggart to offer sculpture of Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
and David Greybeard by artist Marla Friedman

Hollis Taggart is pleased to offer the limited editions of The Red Palm Nut, Jane Goodall, and David Greybeard, a remarkable bronze sculpture by artist Marla Friedman. A commemoration of world renown ethologist and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall’s monumental achievements, the sculpture captures the groundbreaking moment of connection between Goodall as a twenty-six-year-old researcher in Gombe, Tanzania, and David Greybeard, the first chimpanzee to grant her trust. Of the sculpture, Goodall, who is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, has noted: “Marla has done more than just capture the likeness of me and David Greybeard, she has captured a relationship between human and animal. And I hope that this sculpture will enable more people to understand that close relationship that we have with the animals with whom we share this planet.”

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March 13, 2020


RE: COVID-19 – Dr. Goodall’s Spring 2020 North America Tour and JGI USA Operating Status

Vienna, VA USA – The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) USA announced today that a series of events in the U.S. scheduled for March and April have been cancelled or postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Dr. Jane Goodall has been advised by her healthcare providers to forgo travel indefinitely. She is at her home in the United Kingdom and expects to resume her global outreach when the risk associated with the disease has abated. In the interim, Dr. Goodall will continue her work, albeit remotely, as a global advocate for the health of the planet.

JGI also respects the guidance of local, state and federal officials to support social distancing efforts including cancellation of large group or public events and travel. The Jane Goodall Institute emphasizes the importance of these practices in great ape range countries, and other areas, where both human and wildlife populations are also at risk of contracting the disease.

Accordingly, JGI US staff will maintain business operations via telework for the next two weeks and close the Vienna, VA (Washington, DC-area) headquarters office for two weeks beginning March 16, 2020.

Guests with tickets to Dr. Goodall’s tour events are encouraged to contact event venues directly for information and instructions on handling tickets and processing reimbursements (if they are available).

For questions regarding any other details of this statement, please contact Dan DuPont ( or Shawn Sweeney ( with the Jane Goodall Institute USA’s Communication & Policy department.

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