The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has announced the start of an online auction to further the mission of renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace.

Featuring a variety of one-of-a-kind experiences and merchandise, the auction will be hosted online at leading charity auction site charitybuzz at from October 19 to November 9, 2010, and will support JGI’s ongoing programs including chimpanzee preservation and protection, community-centered conservation in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, JGI’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program in more than 120 countries.

The benefit auction includes exclusive experiences such as a private function at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City with Dr. Jane Goodall and up to 20 guests; a personal tour of Central Park with actress Candice Bergen; a signed guitar by Ben Harper; VIP sports and travel packages; a backstage Broadway experience and much more.

Other top auction lots that bidders can win include:

  • A Tour of Ed Begley Jr.'s Super Eco-House and Lunch with the Star in Studio City;
  • An Eleven-Day Galapagos Adventure for Two;
  • An Exclusive VIP Escape to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC;
  • Two House Tickets to See WICKED, Plus a Backstage Tour After the Show;
  • A Gold and Tanzanite “Chimp” Pin Worn by Dr. Goodall;
  • The Limited-Edition Book, The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Signed by George Lucas;
  • A Sold-Out, Limited-Edition Concert Poster, Signed by Dave Matthews

Online bidding is open to the public through November 9. Bidders must complete a simple registration process with a valid credit card at to place a bid.

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