Jane Goodall

Jane's pioneering work with the chimps of the Gombe National Park in Tanzania has made her one of the world's most beloved scientists.  She continues to defend the chimps and their fragile habitat through programs like the  Chimpanzee Guardian Program, which cares for orphaned chimps rescued from poachers. She helps local villagers protect the animals of the Gombe preserve, in ways that better their own lives. One of Jane's great passions is Roots and Shoots, a youth program that began in 1991 with 17 Tanzanian children. Since then, it has grown to 6000 school and community groups in 68 countries. It teaches hands-on environmental awareness to kids pre-kindergarten through college. It brings learning projects about nature and community service into classrooms the world over.