Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE (born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 60-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960.
At the online 2020 Festival of Saints, the Council of the Stewards of Solseed unanimously elevated Jane Goodall to Servant of Gaia.
In his sponsorship justification for her elevation Eric noted the following:
- Her work in understanding chimpanzees has led to the preservation of a lot of rainforest habitat for them. She also helped find alternative ways to make a living to draw people away from poaching:
- A tourism industry centered around the chimpanzees, which limited contact to prevent transmission of disease from humans to chimps.
- Sustainable farming methods that helped the people avoid destroying more habitat to get more farmland.
- She has been on the speech circuit for decades raising awareness.
- Her work is important to the New Story, because no one thinks of chimpanzees as separate from nature, and when you see how similar they are to humans, it reinforces the idea that humans are also part of nature.
- She gave the final speech at the ceremony to open Biosphere 2 at the end of the two-year experiment.