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In 1960, a young Jane Goodall took her first tentative steps onto the shores of Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania and beheld an uncertain future.

At 26, without any university training, armed with only a notebook and a pair of binoculars, she was about to observe a community of chimpanzees living in Gombe Stream National Park.

Little did she know her fledgling work would change forever humanity’s understanding of apes, or that those initial observations would help transform the young Englishwoman into a United Nations Ambassador for Peace and a spokeswoman for environmentalism and the stewardship of endangered animal populations.

Today, Goodall travels the world — an average of 300 days each year — raising awareness of the plight of chimpanzees living in rainforests, which provide vital water resources and are critical to the global climate but which are threatened by man.

“I also discuss other environmental issues and share my reasons for hope that we can save threatened species, the planet, and ultimately ourselves by making positive change each and every day,” she said.

Goodall’s long journey, beginning with those first steps on Tanganyika’s sandy shores, leads her Tuesday to Pasadena, where she will serve as grand marshall of the 124th Rose Parade and throw the opening coin toss at the Rose Bowl game.

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