Location Avenue of the Americas
Perhaps the world’s most noted conservationist, Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE is an English primatologist, anthropologist, and the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, Goodall is well regarded for the many decades of study she has done on social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees.
Unheard of at the time, Goodall began her solo study of endangered chimps in 1960 in Tanzania, despite having no collegiate training. Doing this resulted in Goodall observing the chimps in a subversive manner, publishing revolutionary findings, and becoming the only human to be accepted into a chimpanzee society.
Her honors include the Benjamin Franklin Medal of Life Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. Goodall is also a UN messenger for peace, and an animal rights activist.
In Statues for Equality, Goodall is depicted in a thicket of forest foliage as a representation of her hands-on approach to research. Forest foliage plants rely on each other to survive, symbolizing how we must work together to protect endangered animals.