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.
While Jane was in Seattle, Washington last month she made sure to clear her schedule for a few minutes to visit with her longtime friend Dale Chihuly, the amazing glass design artist. Jane has even helped Dale create a special glass sculpture in the past!
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.
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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.
Jane has had many things named in her honor—from horses to buildings—and now a rose! The French Climbing Generosa, as it is called, will soon be planted in Marie Antoinette's garden at Versailles.
Jane viewed the rose during a trip to France on May 12.
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.