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.
Jane's second stop in her Spring 2010 USA lecture tour was Washington, DC, where she received the Atlas Award from the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Jane was the first recipient of the award, which is "designed to recognize and celebrate outstanding accomplishments that advance world understanding in exceptional ways." On April 16 at the Marriot Wardman Hotel in downtown Washington, Jane gave the keynote address to nearly 3,000 geographers and other guests.
Jane's Spring 2010 USA lecture tour kicked off at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York on April 14. Passing by Niagra Falls, Jane drove from Toronto, where she had previous speaking engagements, for a very special lecture -- the first in the United States to mark Gombe 50, a global celebration of Jane's pioneering chimpanzee research and inspiring vision for our future. The lecture was titled Gombe and Beyond: The Next Fifty Years.
Last month, Jane visited Warren T. Jackson Elementary School in Atlanta as part of a quick trip to Georgia. Take a look at the photos of the visit below.
Jane and Nona Gandelman at work in New York City on edits to Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe--A Tribute to Five Decades of Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation. This coffee-table book will be released this year -- the 50th anniversary of Jane's groundbreaking chimpanzee research at Gombe National Park in Tanzania. The book is being published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang.
Photo by Mary Lewis
While Jane was stuck in Washington, DC during the epic snow storm last week, she recorded a video message about what she's been up to recently. Take a look at Jane's video update from the road. Although many of Jane's appointments were unfortunately cancelled, she still was able to pay a visit to National Public Radio's Science Friday program. You can hear the interview here in case you missed it!