Dr. Jane Goodall spoke at WILD9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress, on Sunday 8 November 2009 (Merida, Mexico). She was introduced by Dr. Sylvia Earle (Founder Director, Deep Search Foundation), and spoke on "Conservation Heroes and Hope for Our World."
Dr. Goodall is a world renowned primatologist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. In July 1960, a 26‐year‐old Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania under the mentorship of famed anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey.
Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. Dr. Goodall’s scores of honors include the Medal of Tanzania, the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal, Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize, Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, and the Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence, among others.