From Gombe National Park to the World: Why I left the chimpanzee forests
Dame Jane Goodall
Monday, 12 December 2005
2/F Olympic House, So Kong Po, Causeway Bay Drinks 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
We are delighted to welcome to speak in Hong Kong Dr. Dame Jane Goodall. Dame Jane Goodall is one of the world's most distinguished naturalists. In 1957, Dame Jane, aged 23 years and with no formal academic qualifications, saved up enough money to travel to Africa. There she met the famed anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey. He became her mentor, proposing that she pursue a pioneering field study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania.
In 1960, she arrived at what is now the Gombe National Park and began the field study that has made her one of the best known scientists in the world. Five years later, after earning her doctorate at Cambridge, Dame Jane returned to Tanzania and established the Gombe Stream Research Centre. Over the next twentyfive years, her groundbreaking work has transformed our understanding of human evolution, animal behaviour and the importance of environmental conservation.
Today, over 35 years later, Dame Jane and her staff continue to contribute significant findings on chimpanzee behaviour. Her profound scientific discoveries have laid the foundation for all future primate studies. One of the many observations that amazed the world was when she documented chimpanzees making and using tools. This behaviour was previously believed to separate humans from all other animals.
Though best known for her research on the Gombe chimpanzees of Tanzania, Dame Jane Goodall now spends more than 300 days a year travelling the world as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, environmental activist and teacher and it is this topic that her lecture draws on. Her lessons learned, about environmental sustainability, political leadership and community activism have wide implications for all leaders and citizens today.
In 1977, Dame Jane founded the Dr. Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation, with offices worldwide, to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. Roots & Shoots, her humanitarian and environmental programme for young people, is now active in more than 80 countries.
Dame Jane Goodall has received numerous awards for her work, appears regularly on television and radio, has written several books and writes for numerous publications. She has received the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal and has been made a DBE by Queen Elizabeth II.
Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$100 for Members, HK$150 for Members' guests and HK$200 for others.