Jane Goodall's Journey
Kid Reporter interviews legendary primatologist
For more than 52 years, Dr. Jane Goodall has been dedicated to animal research, environmental conservation, and ecological awareness. Considered the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, her research has made ground-breaking developments in animal science.
Ever since she was a young child, Dr. Goodall aspired for an exciting life, dedicated to animals. In fact, at just 26 years old, Dr. Goodall was given an opportunity to travel to what is now Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, Africa, to begin a life-changing study that would continue to this day.
Dr. Goodall discovered that chimpanzees could make and use tools, hug and kiss, show aggression and violence, and show emotion. These discoveries showed that emotional similarities existed between humans and chimpanzees.
In 1977, Dr. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute, an organization aimed at conservation, research and education. She also founded Roots & Shoots, an international youth program that allows young people to make a difference "for people, for animals, and for the environment."
Dr. Goodall continues to tour the world, speaking to people about protecting the environment. She is also a United Nations (UN) Messenger of Peace. With 24 books, 18 films, and countless inspirational speeches, Dr. Goodall hopes to continue to spread her message worldwide.
Kid Reporter Charlie Kadado interviewed Dr. Goodall in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to discuss her awe-inspiring life. Click Play Video below to watch his interview.
After you watch the interview, discuss it and Dr. Jane Goodall's work on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Blog.
Part 1: Childhood and Early Experiences in Africa
Part 2: Roots & Shoots and How Kids Can Help the Environment
Part 3: The Legacy of Jane Goodall
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