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Gombe: 50 Years of Research and Inspiration

This year, all over the world, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Jane Goodall’s pioneering chimpanzee research and her inspiring vision for our future.

Dr. Jane Goodall's Thoughts on Gombe 50

Dr. Goodall shares what fifty years of research at Gombe National Park means to her.

Sponging

An example of tool use, chimpanzees dip leaves into streams to soak up water to drink.

Prof

JGI videographer Bill Wallauer reflects on the first chimpanzee he encountered in Gombe, Prof, the musical chimp of Gombe.

Chimp Videographer Bill Wallauer

For 15 years, Bill Wallauer scrambled up and down the hills and valleys of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, camera in hand, filming the daily dramas of the world’s most famous chimpanzee society. Chimpanzee births, dominance displays, infanticide attempts, encounters with snakes, the mysterious waterfall and rain “dances” – he has seen all of this and more.

Displays

Male chimpanzees use displays of power to establish their position within the community.

 

On 'CNN Connect,' Jane Answers Viewer Questions

In a "CNN Connect" interview yesterday, Jane answered viewers' questions about the 50th anniversary of her Gombe research, chimps as pets, climate change and more. The CNN program reaches more than 200 million people worldwide.

CNN Connector of the Day: Jane Goodall

 

A Special Drawing for Jane

Jane received a very special picture from a member of Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program recently.  

The young artist, Isabella from Florida, had this to say about her drawing:

Lost

A rite of passage, almost every young chimp gets lost from their mother at some point during their exploration.

 

Termite Fishing

An example of tool use, chimpanzees use sticks as fishing rods to catch termites from their mounds.
 
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