2013 U.S. Fall Lecture Tour: Jane Visits the West Coast

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 12:04pm

This October, after a short stop in Toronto, Canada, Jane made her way to the San Francisco Bay Area for a number of inspiring events. Her visit began with a lecture to staff at Clif Bar & Company about sustainable food practices and the importance of conservation. Prior to her remarks, Jane met with the company’s founders, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, and Kevin Cleary, the company’s chief executive officer, for a tour of the Clif Bar facility.

The following day, Jane ventured to Santa Clara to speak at the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s 23rd Annual Luncheon. More than 1,600 people came out to hear Jane’s message of hope. Afterwards, hundreds of eager fans formed a line in front of Jane’s book signing table in order to have their books inscribed.

Back in San Francisco, Jane had the chance to chat with Alex Banayan, an amazing young man who is working on a book. Alex interviewed the world-renowned primatologist and conservationist about her life, the challenges she has faced, and her advice for young people who are trying to solve the problems facing our planet.

On Saturday, October 12, Jane keynoted the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo, an incredible meeting of animal lovers, conservationists and their supporters from all four corners of the globe. Jane is particularly fond of this event and, in her words, the attendees are “her people.”  Jane opened the Expo by talking to more than 600 of these like-minded individuals about the state of the world and what we must all do each and every day to save threatened species and their habitats.

Following the lecture, Jane sat through a nearly three-hour book signing full of excited fans waiting for a moment with Jane. Given the size if of the event, we were fortunate to have support on site from the amazing Roots & Shoots volunteers from the Oakland Zoo who helped run the Jane Goodall Institute’s information table, answered questions, and shared stories about the Institute’s work.

The last stop in the Bay Area was Sausalito, a small town in Marin County just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  While there, WildCare, an organization dedicated to the care of the Bay Area’s wild animals, presented Jane with its first-ever WildCare Environmental Award. During the event, Jane also had the chance to catch up with her longtime friend Michael Casey, son of the late Genie di San Faustino who helped found the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977.

If you were unable to see Jane during this fall’s tour, it’s not too late.  You can watch a livestream of her lecture in Argentina on Sunday, October 27 by clicking here. 

Dr. Jane speaks to staff at Clif Bar & Company on October 7, 2013. 

Jane met with Clif Bar & Company Chief Executive Officer Kevin Cleary (left) and the company’s founders, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, along with their cute pooch! 

Jane addressed more than 1,600 people at the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s  23rd Annual Luncheon. 

During the YWCA reception, Dr. Jane met Mia and Phelps, two very excited service dogs in training.

Jane spoke with author Alex Banayan in San Francisco. 

During her lecture at the WCN Expo, Jane shared an amazing shot from the JGI/Google Earth Outreach short film, “From the Ground to the Cloud: Transforming Chimpanzee Conservation with High-Tech Tools.” 

The audience at the WCN Expo was excited to hear Jane. 

Jane met with Charlie Knowles, executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Network, and a friend.

Dr. Jane and her friend Ron Henggleler at the WCN Expo. We cannot thank Ron enough for his wonderful photos from the day!

Jane visited with some of our Roots & Shoots volunteers from the Oakland Zoo. 

Jane and her longtime friend Michael Casey embrace before the WildCare lecture.

The chapel at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, Calif., was full on October 15, 2013, for Jane’s remarks to the WildCare community.

Dr. Jane accepts the WildCare Environmental Award from WildCare Executive Director Karen Wilson and WildCare Board President Susanne Lyons. 














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