Living among chimps helped Goodall understand the threats they faced from humans. The animals were disappearing because their forest homes were being destroyed. Adults were hunted, and babies were sold as pets. In 1977, she started the Jane Goodall Institute. Its mission is to save these endangered primates and to protect the natural world.
In 1991, the world-famous conservationist started the Roots & Shoots program. It encourages young people to help the environment, animals, and people in need.
Now, at age 88, Goodall continues to look to the future.
“For the environment, there’s hope,” she says, “but it depends on us taking action.”