Tanzania set to celebrate fifty years of Jane Goodall’s legacy


DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (eTN) -Wildlife loving tourists are all along to celebrate fifty years of chimpanzee research in Eastern Africa which famous British primatologist, Jane Goodall, first began her groundbreaking studies of the primates at Gombe Stream National Park in western Tanzania.

To celebrate Goodall’s inspiring legacy, Thomson Safaris has teamed up with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to offer the adventure of lifetime as led by two renowned alumni of the Gombe Stream Research Center.

Alongside Thomson’s veteran Tanzanian guides, Harvard professor and anthropologist, Richard Wrangham, and celebrated photographer, Stewart Halperin, will take a fortunate group of travelers to the heart of Tanzania’s extraordinary wild places on the 50th Anniversary Safari and Chimpanzee Trek.

Halperin and Wrangham will enrich the experience beyond measure, as travelers will sharpen their photography skills with a pro and will discover more about evolutionary biology with a famed anthropologist. In fact, the two longtime friends first met as graduate students nearly 40 years ago when they studied chimps at Gombe under the guidance of Jane Goodall. Gombe Stream changed the course of their lives.

“It was mind-boggling and mystical and magical. And the best part is now we get to go back and share those places and have new experiences with travelers”, recalls Halperin.

Furthermore, significant trip proceeds will help support JGI’s outstanding conservation and community work. Promoting and expanding upon Jane Goodall’s 50-year legacy, JGI has long stood at the international forefront of innovative community-based conservation.

Each traveler on the safari will make a critical contribution to JGI so that the great apes of Africa will thrive for generations to come and communities, such as those of Kigoma in western Tanzania where chimpanzees are found, will be supported.

After working with the legendary archaeologist, Louis Leakey, Jane Goodall first traveled to Gombe Stream in 1960 to study chimpanzees.

She went on to make a number of seminal discoveries about chimp social and family life and became an icon for conservation and humanitarian efforts.

She founded JGI in 1977. Having been the subject of many popular films and books, the 75-year-old Goodall continues to travel the world 300 days out of the year to promote community-based conservation. Among her many honors, she became a UN Messenger of Peace, as presented by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.