Resources for Teachers and Students

Prepare: The Jane Goodall Institute of Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation was initially set up to support field research on wild chimpanzees. It has evolved into an organization that promotes "compassionate action to improve the environment for all living things." Goodall's biography and Curriculum Vitae can be found on her website. Be certain to check them out as they are quite impressive.

Read: Jane Goodall's Architects of Peace essay is excerpted from an article she wrote for Orion Magazine, titled " Four Rays of Hope." In it she explores her reasons for hope even in a world devastated by war and environmental degradation.

Explore: The Goodall Institute maintains a "study corner" to assist students who are writing research papers related to her work. The study corner includes links, a reading list, and a great deal of information about chimpanzees.

Write: In 2002, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan proclaimed Jane Goodall a "Messenger of Peace." She was the first scientist ever to be awarded this distinction. Some people may wonder how the work of an ethnologist can lead the world toward peace, since Goodall's major scientific achievement has been to blur the line between humans, as a species, and the animal kingdom in general. Compose a five-page research paper that explores the question of whether Goodall's approach to science can actually be considered an avenue of peace. If it is, what does this imply about how we define peace?

Extend: Through the Goodall Institute, it's actually possible to become a "Chimpanzee Guardian," adopting a chimp in the wild and supporting the work of the institute's sanctuary program, where more than 200 chimpanzees are now under protection.

Additional Resource: A video interview with Jane Goodall, titled "Harbingers of Hope," can be viewed online. The interview, viewed in two parts, lasts fifteen minutes.


Biography of Jane Goodall