Jane Goodall—primatologist, ethologist, UN Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (www.janegoodall.org) will speak at Texas A&M University-Kingsville as part of the University Lectureship Series.

Goodall will deliver the presentation, “Gombe & Beyond,” in Jones Auditorium Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

Goodall will provide insight into the person behind the globetrotting international icon: a UN Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire, and the subject of countless articles and television programs around the world. She will also discuss the current threats facing the planet and her reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day.

The public is invited to attend this free event.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

About Dr. Jane Goodall

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.

The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, but recognizes this can’t be accomplished without a comprehensive approach that addresses the needs of local people who are critical to chimpanzee survival. The Institute’s community-centered conservation programs in Africa include sustainable development projects that engage local people as true partners. These programs began around Gombe in 1994, but have since been replicated in other parts of the continent. Likewise, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which Jane started with a group of Tanzania students in 1991 and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program for young people from preschool through university, with nearly 150,000 members in more than 130 countries.