History and Mission
The Jane Goodall Institute advances the power of individuals
to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment
for all living things.
The objectives of the Institute are to:
- Increase primate habitat conservation
- Increase awareness of, support for and training in issues
related to our relationship with each other, the environment
and other animals (leading to behavior change)
- Expand non-invasive research programs on chimpanzees and other
- Promote activities that ensure the well-being of chimpanzees,
other primates and animal welfare activities in general
The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and
Conservation, a tax-exempt/non-profit, was founded in California
in 1977 by Jane Goodall and Genevieve, Princess di San Faustino.
Initially, day-to-day operation of the Institute was handled by
board members and other volunteers working out of their homes.
In the early 1980s JGI moved to the San Francisco offices of the
California Academy of Sciences, where it functioned essentially
as a USA/Africa "communication link" and as a repository
To keep pace with Jane's increased public visibility, professional
status, and interests, the Institute office soon moved to the
area Jane always thought it should be: Washington, DC. The JGI-USA
staff is fortunate to have a steady stream of volunteers and interns
enthusiastically and capably assisting.