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Dr. Jane Goodall is a primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist who revolutionised the way we understand the animal kingdom by observing wild chimpanzees.
A United Nations Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall is one of the most respected members of the world scientific community.
In 1957 at the age of 23 she sailed to Kenya and later travelled to Tanzania to live in the wild with a colony of chimpanzees. There she made groundbreaking discoveries regarding the use of tools, hunting behaviour, leadership, emotions and language.
02:18 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:26 Brian’s Introduction.
06:09 Early childhood desire to live with animals and write books about them.
06:44 Dr Doolittle a treasured book from childhood.
07:49 Early understanding and communication with animals.
08:19 A 1940’s childhood.
12:01 Jane’s Mother to whom she attributes everything.
13:37 Inspirational woman.
14:05 A love of books fuelling a desire to live with wild animals in the wilderness.
14:55 Sir Winston Churchill’s role in leading the UK through the war.
16:06 A lifeline for the post war young woman with a burning desire to go to Africa to be with the animals.
17:53 To Kenya via the Cape and witnessing apartheid.
19:43 Jane enjoyed being an attractive, flirtatious young woman.
20:26 Meeting Louis Leakey for the first time.
22:05 Two girls alone encounter a rhinoceros and a lion.
25:24 Coolness in lion incident leads to post to study chimpanzees in Gombe.
26:16 A momentous breakthrough with the chimpanzees.
27:41 Patience is one of her greatest virtues.
28:06 Beauty and The Beast a global sensation and being a CoverGirl.
30:05 At Cambridge University Jane’s views on head versus heart scientific research.
34:17 Study of chimpanzees discovering how early human behaviour came from ancient primate past.
38:23 What part fear played in her close encounters with the chimpanzees.
39:59 Receiving a big hug from a chimpanzee.
41:38 Using her gift of communication.
42:08 Roots and Shoots her international Youth programme doing such important work.
45:26 Young people with big ideas, getting out there and doing something for the future of their world.
47:03 ‘This planet can provide for human need, but not human greed.’
49:24 What has been achieved in working with villages around the Gombe and across Africa.
51:34 Using Global Forest Watch.
52:42 Governments owned by big business, thwarting good ideas.
53:52 Jane’s biggest challenges now.
55:37 A lot of people think that having hope is crazy.
56:45 Who Jane thinks of as successful people and the values she likes in people.
58:30 Where she goes for spiritual healing.
59:42 Why people listen to Jane’s message.
1:02:01 Positive advice to those who feel hopeless and helpless in the face of the magnitude of the problems facing the world today.
1:03:42 Jane’s reasons for being a vegetarian and would be vegan.
1:05:36 Phone call to the 20 year old Jane Goodall.
1:06:41 Best advice ever received.
1:07:34 Advice to the 20 year olds of today.
1:08:39 Very optimistic that we will make a difference in the window of time left to save the planet.
1:09:44 Brian’s summing up.
Jane Goodall Books:
In the Shadow of Man
Reason For Hope
My Life with the Chimpanzees
Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants
Harvest of Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating
The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behaviour
Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued from the Brink
Through a Window: My 30 Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe
The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do To Care For The Animals We Love
A Prayer for World Peace
United Nations Messengers of Peace
St George’s House, Windsor Castle
Rationing in the UK
Tarzan of the Apes
Green Hell by Julian Duguid
Cape of Good Hope
Natural History Museum
Global Forest Watch