Jane Goodall named one of the 10 most inspiring women for ‘Statues For Equality’

Jane Goodall has been named one of the ten most inspiring women of our time. As part of the global art project Statues For Equality, a project aiming to promote gender equality in public statues around the world, Goodall will be immortalised as a life-size bronze statue in New York City.

Created by world renowned artists Gillie and Marc, the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s History according to the New York Times, Statues For Equality aims to transform the serious imbalance in the representation of historical women memorialised as public statues.

In New York City, only 3% of the statues depict women, a statistic that is mirrored around the globe. Statues For Equality is turning the tide on this with the introduction of ten new sculptures of inspiring women, including Jane Goodall.

Goodall will have her likeness erected alongside nine other women on Women’s Equality Day (August 26) at RXR Realty’s famous 1285 Avenue of the Americas. She will be joined by Oprah Winfrey, Pink, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Tererai Trent, Janet Mock, Tracy Dyson, Cheryl Strayed, and Gabby Douglas.

This is only the beginning of the project with the artists encouraging the public to nominate the women they think should be memorialised. Already two new women have been added to the list: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and tennis superstar Serena Williams. These will be completed in 2020.

The aim is for the project is to become a global movement, changing the representation of women one sculpture at a time.

“We hope that as the project expands, it will include a broader diversity of race, class, ability, sexual orientation and gender expression,” says Gillie.

About Gillie and Marc

Gillie and Marc have been called the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s History by the New York Times. Creating some of the world’s most innovative public sculptures, Gillie and Marc are re-designing what public art should be, spreading messages of love, equality, and conservation around the world. Their highly coveted sculptures and paintings can be seen in art galleries and public sites in over 250 cities. They’re Archibald Prize Finalists and have won the Chianciano Biennale in Italy, among other notable awards and accolades.

Referred to by the media as “the world’s most loving artists”, this artistic duo has worked side by side for 27 years, creating art as one and spreading the love they have for each other with the world. The artists first met on a film shoot in Hong Kong and 7-days later they ran away to Nepal to get married on the foothills of Mount Everest. They’ve been inseparable ever since.

The artists are best known for their beloved characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, who tell the autobiographical tale of two opposites coming together to become best friends and soul mates. As unlikely animal kingdom companions, the Rabbit and the Dog stand for diversity and acceptance through love. Gillie and Marc believe art is a powerful platform for change. Their art is multi-disciplinary, paying homage to the importance of togetherness, as well as the magnificence of the natural world, and the necessity of preserving it – for we are it, and it is us.

Their art has raised hundreds of thousands in donations for the many wildlife charities and causes they support. For more information, visit www.gillieandmarc.com or www.goodbyerhinos.org.

What if we could turn back the clock?

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It is now two minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock, a ticking time bomb which represents how close we are to destroying the planet and ourselves. But what if we could turn back the clock? What if we could rewind the future?

Climate change, global conflict, biodiversity loss and declines in wildlife populations have all had devastating impacts on the natural world and have set in motion dramatic changes to our environment which now threaten our very existence.

What is the Doomsday Clock?

Each year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a nonprofit group that sets the clock, decides whether the events of the previous year pushed humanity closer, to or further from, destruction.

The closer to midnight we are, the more danger we’re in.


But it’s not too late, there is still hope.

We still have time to rewind the Doomsday Clock, reduce these threats and create a world where animals, people and the environment live together in harmony.

JGIA is leading the charge with groundbreaking local and global programs that seek to support both human and wildlife communities and rebuild the relationship between people, animals and our shared environment to secure a better future.

YOU can help JGIA to turn back the clock and rewind the future.

With less than three weeks until Dr. Jane Goodall arrives in Australia, time is running out to secure your spot at the highly anticipated Rewind the Future 2019 tour!

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to hear hear Dr Jane Goodall’s perspectives on current environmental issues, what the future looks like for the inhabitants of our shared planet and what YOU can do to rewind the future.

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book your ticket today.

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2019 Tour with Dr Jane has been announced!

Many of you will already have received the exciting announcement that Dr Jane will once again be visiting Australia in May 2019. We’ll soon launch a page on our website that will contain key information about the tour as it comes to hand.

In the meantime, you will be able to find details about where Jane will be speaking in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as ticket information, via our friends at Think Inc.

If you’re interested in supporting the tour as a volunteer, please email info@janegoodall.org.au with your details including, name, phone, location and area of interest.

The Jane Goodall Institute Australia Launches ForeverWild Campaign

(London UK) October 9, 2018 –With the imminent publication of Horizon Scan, a ground-breaking report that, for the first time, identifies and prioritizes the most urgent issues fueling wildlife trafficking, and as delegates gather for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London, UK, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) announces the launch of the ForeverWild campaign to help end trafficking of endangered species, many on the brink of extinction.

According to Dr. Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist and ethologist, “Without a concerted global effort to stop trafficking, primates and other wildlife will be gone for good. My hope is that we can work together and end one of the most dangerous threats to the survival of chimpanzees, elephants, rhinos, and many other animals for whom, like us, this planet is their only home.”

JGI’s Zara Bending, a legal expert in wildlife trafficking, is a contributor to both Horizon Scan and JGI Australia’s campaign to end the domestic trade in ivory and rhino horn. “Wildlife trafficking is a global problem that demands a global response,” says Bending.  “There are actions everyone can take to turn the tide and put an end to the illegal wildlife trade. It starts with becoming informed and advocating for better law enforcement while eliminating demand for trafficked animals and animal parts.”

According to the most up-to-date analysis, as reported in Horizon Scan, emerging issues to watch closely range from rapid growth in urbanization in many African countries to increasingly active trading in endangered species through online platforms.

The ongoing migration of rural populations to urban centers has caused demand for bushmeat (wild animals including endangered chimpanzees sold as meat) to spike. At the same time, monitoring the global online sales of exotic pets and animal parts poses new challenges which must be addressed.

JGI is pushing back against wildlife crime on several fronts. JGI has contributed to the development of new facial recognition software to counter online marketing of great apes. JGI also operates two sanctuaries, including one of Africa’s largest chimpanzee sanctuaries where 138 rescued chimpanzees are protected and cared for under conditions that most closely mimic a natural life in the wild.

Providing sanctuary for chimpanzees that have been victims of trafficking is pivotal to ending the practice. Enforcement agencies can only be effective if there is a safe place to bring confiscated animals. Simultaneously, JGI is actively collaborating with local communities to educate people on how and why to protect great apes from the threat of illegal trade.

Through the ForeverWild (#4EverWild) campaign, the Jane Goodall Institute aims to raise awareness of the urgency with which we must end wildlife crime. In addition to JGI’s multiple approaches to stopping trafficking of chimpanzees, local JGI chapters around the world are engaged in efforts to save region-specific wildlife by reducing demand for exotic pets and animal parts, changing government policies, and public engagement activities.

Says Patrick van Veen, Chair of JGI Global, “The Jane Goodall Institute is in a unique position in that we can use our world-wide network to fight illegal trade of great apes and other wildlife in many places and in many ways whether it’s reducing demand or supporting sustainable alternatives for income generation. If we come together we can still secure a future where wild animals can live safely in the wild.”

JGIA Mourns the Loss of Koko

We were so saddened to learn the news this month of the passing of Koko, the amazing gorilla with incredible sign language skills. Though Dr. Goodall only got the chance to meet Koko once, her interaction remains a remarkable one for Jane, and all that Koko taught us will live on. As Dr Jane said “Koko, you taught us much about the gorilla intellect, and you were much loved. You will be missed.”

Throughout our JGI researchers’ and Jane’s studies of chimpanzees, the insights of Koko’s life as a gorilla with tremendous communication skills were essential in understanding more about great apes, and she lived as a reminder of what Jane has always believed: that we are not so different from the rest of the animal kingdom. Read more about Dr. Jane’s thoughts on the passing of Koko in this JGI blog post.

Environmental Crusaders Catch Up

In case you missed this gorgeous photo and meeting of souls, Dr Jane had a fulfilling and passion-affirming time with Leonardo DiCaprio and Moby in LA this month. Leo and Moby are two of our other environmental heroes, who truly demonstrate what it means to live with intention and be a voice for others.

As you likely know, Dr Jane travels 300 days a year spreading hope and inspiring action on behalf of the natural world and all living things, encouraging others to join her and the Jane Goodall Institute Australia’s mission for a better future. To follow her, check out #wheresjane on social and please follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter JGIA pages.

Dr Jane’s Google Doodle for Earth Day

In honour of Earth Day 2018 on April 22nd, Dr Jane was featured on the daily Google Doodle!

Earth Day, promoted by the Earth Day Network, is known as “the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement.” Started in 1970 in the US, and globally in 1990, today the Earth Day Network calls it the largest secular holiday in the world and estimates that a billion people worldwide celebrate. The holiday raises awareness of environmental issues and encourages people to think about their own environmental impact. This leads to people supporting environmental initiatives and being motivated to adopt Earth-friendly habits, all of which we are big fans of here at the Jane Goodall Institute Australia.

In the video accompanying the Google Doodle, Dr Jane shares her message to the world on Earth Day 2018, including some of her inspiration and what we can all do to have a positive impact on our planet. “I am hopeful that this Earth Day Google Doodle will live as a reminder for people across the globe that there is still so much in the world worth fighting for. With all of us working together, I am hopeful that it is not too late to turn things around if we all do our part for this beautiful planet.”

For more info and to see the doodle for yourself, please visit: https://www.google.com/doodles/earth-day-2018

Jane the Film in the Skies & on The National Geographic App

If you’re flying off for an Autumn break, be sure to check the entertainment guide for JANE the award-winning documentary. We’ve tracked down the airlines screening JANE here:

– United Airlines: Jane onboard starting in April 2018
– Virgin Atlantic: Jane onboard starting in April 2018
– Singapore Airlines: Jane onboard starting in April 2018
– Delta: Jane onboard starting in May 2018
– British Airways: Jane onboard starting in May 2018
– Air Canada: Jane onboard starting in May 2018
– Qantas: Jane onboard starting in May 2018

For those of us not travelling, you can also catch JANE now available and free for 30 days on the National Geographic App. Once you’ve seen this documentary for yourself, we’re sure you’ll be inspired and National Geographic show you how to take action at nationalgeographic.com.au/australia/inspired-by-jane.


Thanks for Making Jane’s Birthday Special

We wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who made Dr Jane’s 84th birthday on April 3rd so meaningful. We were overwhelmed by your messages of support and received almost $4000 in donations which will go a long way towards providing hygiene kits in our Peer Education program that will enable Ugandan girls to stay in school, supplying baby formula for infant chimps at Tchimpounga and helping grow our Australian youth-led Roots & Shoots groups.

Dr Jane spent her birthday in Chicago with more than 80 young women from Chicago Public Schools and delivering the annual keynote address for the Field Museum’s Women in Science group. She was then feted as the guest of honour at an evening birthday celebration in the main hall of the Field Museum – which included the reveal of a statue made in tribute to the moment in the jungle that led her to this point.

If you want to send a belated birthday message to Dr Jane and financially support her ongoing work, please join us in giving her a special gift today to demonstrate how much we recognise and celebrate all that she has accomplished and how dedicated we each are to bringing about the harmonious planet she envisions. Thank you again and Happy Birthday Jane!

Happy Birthday Dr Jane!

Dr Jane Goodall will be 84 years young on Tuesday the 3rd of April. As loyal supporters, we know that you will join us in celebrating Jane, and the life that she has devoted to our natural world. In honouring Jane, what greater gift could you give than to let her know that she has inspired you to take action to protect animals, people and our shared environment? Please join us in giving her a special gift today to demonstrate how much we recognise and celebrate all that she has accomplished, and how dedicated we each are to bringing about the harmonious planet she envisions.

“I’m just nigh on 84…I have to speed up rather than slow down… I think my most important role is helping people understand that whoever they are, whatever they’re doing, they make a difference every day that they’re alive on the planet.” Dr Jane Goodall

As Jane often says, we need everybody to help make this world a better place. And as more and more people become involved, great things can become greater. Help us give Jane the gift of making sure future generations live in a world of peace, biodiversity of species and a vibrant, flourishing natural world.

Photo credit: Michelle Morrison