Jane Goodall returns to her chimpanzees in Tanzania, allowing “60 Minutes” along for a unique chance to record her reunion with them - Sunday
Goodall Introduces Lara Logan to generations of chimps, whose dwindling numbers due to poaching and habitat loss worry her.
Jane Goodall brings Lara Logan and 60 MINUTES cameras back to the forests of Tanzania, where she began her love affair with chimpanzees 50 years ago, to remind the public that chimps are endangered. The story, a unique look at Goodall interacting with the animals in their habitat, will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Oct. 24(7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
No one in the world knows chimpanzees the way Goodall does. She spent decades living among them in the Gombe Forest on Lake Tanganyika, studying and recording their ways so humans could better understand their nearest animal relative. So near, in fact, they display sadness and can even laugh, says Goodall. “I’ve seen a mother laugh when she sees her older child who hasn’t paid attention and hasn’t noticed which way she’s gone,” Goodall tells Logan. “And the older child is going through the forest whimpering, crying and the mother is up in the tree quite quiet…just laughing.”
Goodall perfectly mimics the laugh and a chimpanzee greeting she learned from years of experience in the wild. Another, more surprising and disappointing way the chimps are like humans is in their violence toward their own species. “I hated the fact that they could be very cruel and brutal and that they have a dark side just like us,” says Goodall. “I thought they were like us but nicer.”
She left the forests some years ago to help save the chimps, of which there were an estimated million plus when she first encountered them in 1960. Today, they are less than 300,000. Goodall helped create four chimpanzee sanctuaries and has inspired many more, where orphaned chimps whose mothers have been killed can be saved. Who would kill a chimpanzee? “Well, sometimes it’s bush meat and there’s still some of the live animal trade going, which means you shoot the mother to take the baby,” says Goodall.
Kevin Tedesco 212 975-2329 Kev@cbsnews.com