Member of the Board of Directors of the Jane Goodall Institute
Becci Crowe was elected to a prestigious group as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). JGI was founded by Dr. Jane Goodall 40 years ago following her groundbreaking years of research with Chimpanzees at Gombe in Tanzania. Today, with Dr. Goodall at its helm, JGI has expanded into a global conservation organization inspiring action to conserve the natural world and improve the lives of people, animals, and the environment.
"I met Dr. Goodall 10 years ago. My conservation efforts aligned with Dr. Goodall's vision as I spent time with her in the field in the Republic of Congo and her home in Tanzania where I subsequently joined to retrace Jane's historical steps up the steep mountainsides of Gombe. It's an honor to serve alongside Dr. Goodall and her Staff to advance Jane's global vision and secure her legacy for the future. Her leadership inspires hope and action in us all at a time when it is sorely needed.."
As an Artist, Becci's work shares the unique stories of the wildlife and people she encounters and she donates her work and funds from sales and speaker fees to conservation and wildlife organizations. Because she travels to wild places in so many parts of the globe, she's had the opportunity to meet conservationists in action, and see, first hand, not only the wonders of the planet but the challenges to save them. Her photo and video presentations not only engage but inform audiences of all ages.
Becci's travels are conservation based and include hand delivering much needed supplies to conservation organizations including The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya and Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. She also actively participates in the field from assisting Dr. Greg Rasmussen of Painted Dog Research Trust track and collect research data on this endangered species in the Zimbabwean bush, to interviewing Dame Daphne Sheldrick in her home at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi to produce a taped appeal for broadcast to the public for much needed funding for Elephants. Becci also joined Dr. Jane Goodall in the Republic of Congo at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary where work was underway to relocate 100 orphaned chimpanzees to nearby island homes where they will have a secure environment in a natural setting. Becci aided in the release of these orphans alongside Dr. Goodall. Most recently, Becci returned from the bush in Mozambique where she worked with Dr. Colleen Begg of the Niassa Carnivore Project. Closer to home Becci continues to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Jane Goodall Insitute and hosts traveling staff from Painted Dog Research Trust and the Jane Goodall Institute to promote awareness and raise funds in the USA.
Choosing to live and work as close to nature as possible, her home studio in Washington state has been designated by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat.