Gombe 60: Six Decades of Discovery, Innovation & Hope

On July 14, 2020, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day that Dr. Jane Goodall first arrived in what is now Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, to begin her ground-breaking study of the wild chimpanzees living there. Celebrating 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.

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Jane’s dream was to go to Africa an tell stories about animals. Her work in Gombe was her first opportunity to fulfill that dream. Her legacy of storytelling has continued through today. Read our Gombe 60 stories from the early days through modern time and meet some of our favorite characters from throughout the last six decades.

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