Where in the World is Dr. Jane?
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
On November 11, 2010, Dr. Goodall received a Bambi Award at a ceremony in Potsdam, Germany. The Bambi Awards are considered the German equivalent to the American Oscars which are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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.
Joined by more than 25 current and former Gombe researchers, yesterday Jane celebrated Gombe Day at the International Primatological Society (IPS) congress in Kyoto, Japan. Held every two years, the Congress brings together more than 1,000 scientists, students and conservation practitioners from more than 55 countries to discuss primatological issues.
One extraordinary change at Gombe - I am sitting in the house on the beach where Grub grew up waiting to send a skyped message to the UK in commemoration of the 50th anniversary. When I arrived there was no faxing, no emailing - certainly no Skyping! Only telegrams if you wanted to communicate fast - and from here they took at least several days to a week. Letters took two to three weeks to get the UK, even by airmail.
Today, July 14, 2010, marks the 50th anniversary of the day that Jane first stepped onto the shores of Lake Tanganyika to begin her pioneering chimpanzee research in what is now Gombe National Park. To celebrate this tremendous milestone, Jane is spending the month of July in Africa including time in Gombe, the site of her groundbreaking field study. Jane will enjoy today reflecting and celebrating with local members of Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots.
One of Jane's favorite places to visit and "recharge her batteries" is the Platte River in Nebraska. Her dear friend photographer Tom Mangelsen has a family cabin there and Jane tries each year to sneak a few days into her busy schedule to witness the migration of the sandhill cranes and snow geese. Every March and April, an estimated hundreds of thousands of these magnificent birds travel through Nebraska on their great migration to Alaska and even Siberia.
The third stop on Jane's Spring 2010 USA lecture tour was to St. Louis Park, Minnesota, near Minneapolis. Jane was in town to give a keynote lecture at Beth El Synagogue, where her friend Gil Mann is president of the congregation. In front of the synagogue's beautiful stained glass windows, she spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 1,300 people.