Friday, February 12, 2010

Atlanta to Celebrate Dr. Jane Goodall's Extraordinary Legacy

Renowned Primatologist, Humanitarian and Conservationist to Lecture at Fernbank Museum of Natural History 

Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, will be in Atlanta on the evening of Friday, February 19, 2010, for a celebration of her extraordinary legacy at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

This year marks a monumental milestone for the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Dr. Goodall. Fifty years ago, Goodall, who is today a world-renowned primatologist, conservationist and humanitarian, first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in what is now Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. The chimpanzee behavioral research she pioneered there has produced a wealth of scientific discovery, and her vision has expanded into a global mission to empower people to make a difference for all living things.

Atlanta residents will have a unique opportunity to hear Dr. Goodall speak while helping her commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ongoing Gombe research and her remarkable career.

“Dr. Goodall chose to stop in Atlanta during this celebratory year as there is a large base of support in the area,” said Mary Norman, senior vice president of development at the Jane Goodall Institute. “From the students at Warren T. Jackson and other elementary schools who are active in Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, to museums like Fernbank that help spread her message of hope and inspire future scientists, Atlantans are making a difference, every day.”

“Jane Goodall is a major force for change and an inspiration to make positive things happen for our communities, animals and the environment,” said Fernbank Museum’s President and CEO Susan Neugent “It takes a network of citizens to make the world a better place—role models like Dr. Goodall who dedicate their lives to research; future scientists who will continue interpreting her work; partners like Fernbank that create engaging opportunities to learn; and museum visitors like Fernbank’s who have become active stewards of our planet, our ecosystems and our world cultures.. We’re all working toward the same goal, but it takes each of us together to achieve it.”

The event at Fernbank Museum, located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta, will include:

· A cocktail reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

· An exclusive showing of the IMAX® film Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees

· Welcoming remarks by Susan Neugent, President & CEO of Fernbank Museum

· Remarks by Dr. Goodall

Tickets to this event are $95 per person with a cash bar. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. To purchase tickets, please contact Alicia Zarillo at azarillo@janegoodall.org or call 703-682-9288.

About the Jane Goodall Institute

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program that has groups more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

About Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org.

About Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Since1992 Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History has provided a gateway for all ages to discover and explore the earth’s history, the environment and human culture through dynamic exhibitions, programs and IMAX® films. Fernbank’s alliance with Dr. Jane Goodall’s mission to create a worldwide network of people who care deeply for their human community, all animals and the environment included the popular 2004 exhibition Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall and the IMAX® film Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees. Fernbank’s achievements have been recognized with the seal of accreditation from the American Association of Museums, a distinction earned by less than five percent of museums in the United States. For more information, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.
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