Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots:
your contribution for a better living environment

Explore Tanzania is special partner of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which inspires young people from kindergarten to university to take action for a better living environment by devising and setting up projects themselves.

Dr. Jane Goodall believes that every individual counts, every individual has a role to play, and every individual makes a difference. With that in mind she started in Tanzania in 1991 with the so-called Roots & Shoots program.

In addition, Jane believes that our future is in the hands of young people. The program was set up to inspire young people to commit to a better living environment. Roots & Shoots focuses on caring for people, animals and the environment.

Take action together for a better world for people, animals and the environment with Roots & Shoots!

1. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall (03-04-1934) left England in the summer of 1960 at the age of 26 to study the almost unknown chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Gombe in present-day Tanzania. She carried little more than a notebook and binoculars. With her patience, persistence and characteristic optimism, she managed to gain the trust of the chimpanzees and gained access to the world of these endearing, sometimes strange but recognizable creatures. Through her research, people worldwide became fascinated by this most closely related animal species.

Jane Goodall’s Roots en Shoots
Jane Goodall’s Roots en Shoots

2. Natuurbescherming

In 1986 her life changed. During a conference she hears about the rapidly declining chimpanzee populations in Africa and also from a plane on the way to Gombe she sees how the habitat of chimpanzees has been destroyed in a short time. She decides to leave her beloved Gombe to teach worldwide about the protection of our fragile nature on our planet. The Gombe Stream research center continues its research and also supports nature conservation and trains Tanzanian scientists.

“ What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide for yourself what kind of difference you want to make. ”

Jane Goodall’s Roots en Shoots

3. Jane Goodall Instituut Netherlands

Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 with the idea that people, animals and the environment are united, and that each individual can make a difference. The Jane Goodall Institute Netherlands protects chimpanzees through projects in Africa. This is done in close collaboration with local residents, building a sustainable environment for themselves and actively committed to reforestation and working to end illegal, commercial trade in bushmeat.

Jane Goodall’s Roots en Shoots

4. Jane Goodall as an activist

Today, Jane Goodall still travels three hundred days a year around the world, lecturing to sold-out venues, making audiences aware of the threats to nature and engaging her audience with inspiring stories and her wealth of experience. Again and again she urges people to contribute to a better world.

Also read Jane’s The Book of Hope, a survival guide for an endangered planet. And experience three hopeful, moving and inspiring stories for a better world in the award-winning large-screen film Jane Goodall – Reasons for Hope, which can be seen from February 8, 2024 in the Museon-Omniversum in The Hague.

5. Sustainable protection for chimpanzees

Chimpanzees are in danger of extinction. The main threats to chimpanzees in the wild are habitat fragmentation and degradation and trap poaching. Threats to the great apes in the wild create orphan monkeys that require sanctuaries.

The Jane Goodall projects in Africa are very diverse and focus on protection of chimpanzees in the wild, protection and conservation of nature areas, care for rescued (baby) chimpanzees, training and deployment of rangers and anti-poaching units, public information and education around nature conservation to local communities and sustainable agriculture projects.

Jane Goodall’s Roots en Shoots
Jane Goodall’s Roots en Shoots

6. Projects in Tanzania

There are several reforestation projects around Gombe Stream National Park. For example, together with GreenChoice, more than half a million trees have been planted to form a connecting zone between two existing forests, so that chimpanzees and other animals can move freely from one forest to the other. Local Roots & Shoots groups play an important role in this. Young people help raise the seedlings, plant them and protect the forests. They learn to live in harmony with nature and then share the knowledge they gain with their fellow villagers.

Other projects are the Kalenge tree planting project, which also supports the local population.

7. Roots & Shoots

Roots & Shoots inspires young people from kindergarten to university to take action for a better living environment by devising and setting up projects themselves. Roots & Shoots is now a worldwide network that is active in 120 countries and consists of thousands of members. The program unites young people from different cultures with different backgrounds to make an effort for a better world with everything that lives in it.

The Roots & Shoots program inspires, connects different cultures and backgrounds and provides the empathetic new leaders of the future.

Jane Goodall’s Roots en Shoots
Jane Goodall’s Roots en Shoots

8. Explore Tanzania and Jane Goodall

Explore Tanzania is a special partner of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. We too are captivated by Jane’s enthusiasm and love for a better world for people, animals and nature. That’s why we support the Jane Goodall Institute through an annual donation. As a customer of Explore Tanzania, you contribute directly and indirectly to a better world, as Jane Goodall envisions it. Your voluntary donation via our reservation form will be doubled by Explore Tanzania.

Close to Dar es Salaam, the Pugu Hill Forest Reserve was established by the Jane Goodall Institute. This national park, which you can visit and stay overnight – and where you can be actively involved with nature – is included in the biography safari “The footsteps of Jane Goodall‘ , which we offer as an example trip on our website.

Do you have any questions, comments and / or do you want to start your own roots & shoots project? let us know or look here!