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Special Guests to Join Renowned Primatologist Jane Goodall for Safari VIP Weekend

Kim Sams

by , Director, Disney Corporate Social Responsibility at The Walt Disney Company

Disney and the Jane Goodall Institute have worked together on a variety of conservation programs over the years, and we’ve been thrilled that Dr. Jane has been able to take time out of her extremely busy schedule to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom from the park’s earliest days, including being an honored guest on opening day in 1998.

Dr. Jane Goodall Visits a Carving of David Greybeard at the Tree of Life

Here, Dr. Jane visits a carving of David Greybeard, a chimpanzee that holds a very special place in her heart, at The Tree of Life. In 2006, it was our pleasure to honor Dr. Jane with a Conservation Legacy Award from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

As Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrated its 10th anniversary, Dr. Jane and 100 young people from 28 countries participating in the 2008 Jane Goodall Global Youth Summit at the Walt Disney World Resort took time out to join the festivities. The young people were representatives from Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a program that engages hundreds of thousands of children and teens in almost 120 countries to make positive change happen for communities, animals and the environment.

Next month, Dr. Jane will be hosting a Walt Disney World Safari VIP Weekend, a fund-raising event for the Jane Goodall Institute. She will be meeting with her Guests during this special trip. More details about joining Dr. Jane February 18-21 are available at


  • This would be an AMAZING opportunity!!!! I love seeing Disney partner with such great organizations.

  • That is a great event! Wish I could do it. Sounds like it would be a great time!

  • This is a once in a lifetime experience. I’m excited that Disney is offering such unique experiences. Readers should know that more than 50 per cent of the proceeds of this event are donated to benefit the Jane Goodall Institute.

  • This type of priceless experience is really once in a lifetime. Wish I could go!!

  • Wow… I’m such a big fan of hers. I wish I could be there.

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