Blog - Where in the World is Dr. Jane?
Today is a special day! It's Jane Goodall's birthday.
As Jane turns 78 years young, she is spending her birthday in one of her favorite places on Earth...other than Gombe National Park that is! She's watching the annual migration of the sandhill cranes in Nebraska's Plate River Valley. Of course, Jane is never one to take a day off like the rest of us and so she is also busily finalizing her latest book while in the middle of her spring 2012 North American speaking tour.
On September 22, 2011, Jane gave the opening keynote address at the annual AARP convention in Los Angeles. An estimated 8,000 people attended the session! While backstage, Jane met actress and comedienne Carol Burnett.
Thursday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. EDT
Here’s your chance to learn about Jane’s upcoming lecture tour, her latest adventures, and all of the behind-the-scenes planning that goes into her perpetual 300-day-a-year global speaking tour.
Over the years, a variety of animals, plants and even buildings have been named in Jane's honor. The newest addition to the list: a hamster!
Last week, students at the Madam Newton Einstein Science Academy in Oak Ridge North, Texas decided to name their new class hamster after Jane. The Academy described Jane as a four-week-old, short-haired beige and white hamster.
If you have ever met Jane in person, you know that her special mascot Mr. H is never far behind. Given to Jane by her friend Gary Haun, a blind magician, Mr. H has been to dozens of countries and has been touched by millions of people. Today marks a very special occasion for Mr. H; it's his 16th birthday! Be sure to read more about Mr. H's story in Jane's own words and enjoy the photos below.
Mr. H, Jane's famous mascot, took a moment out of his busy schedule to celebrate St. Patrick's Day today. He and Jane are currently in Nebraska as part of her Spring 2011 North American lecture tour.
Earlier this week, Jane visited with Sir David Attenbourough, the famous British broadcaster and naturalist. The two are longtime friends and are often jokingly referred to as the "Tarzan and Jane" of the conservation world.
Jane visited Belgium last week as part of her Gombe 50 tour of Europe. While there she made a very special visit to the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels. The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union, and is the second largest democratic electorate in the world with 736 officials serving as members of the Parliament.
There are so many people all over the world who help the Jane Goodall Institute by volunteering their time or services. Every month, three special friends from
This past month, Jane has been traveling throughout Asia as part of the global Gombe 50 celebration. She hosted the Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Asia Pacific Youth Summit on the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, on August 30. Hundreds of Roots & Shoots members joined "Dr. Jane" as she spoke about the role we must all play to help people, animals and the environment we share.