Meet 'Jane Goodall's Heroes' in New Animal Planet special on Sunday
In a new program from Animal Planet, Dr. Goodall pays tribute to five of her heroes, including our own Roots & Shoots leader and animal caretaker Washo Shadowhawk. Viewers can meet JANE GOODALL'S HEROES on Sunday, August 27 at 8 pm ET/PT.
Dr. Goodall's heroes are not famous scientists or celebrities. Instead they are ordinary people who have dedicated themselves to making a positive impact in the lives of animals. This one-hour special will bring out Goodall's profound respect for these people and her passion for their work. She also will share new insights about her life, including how she started on her chosen path, and what has driven her all these years.
"Throughout my life I've come in contact with people from all walks of life who have committed themselves to furthering conservation and improving the lives of animals," said Dr. Goodall. "These five individuals show that regardless of age or what type or size of the project that we take on, we can all make a difference and make our world a better place for all living things."
Dr. Goodall's heroes are from all around the world with diverse backgrounds. The two things they all have in common are that they are passionate about animals and conservation, and are dedicated to their work. Dr. Goodall's heroes include:
Washo Shadowhawk, a 15 year-old whose home in Oregon is a sanctuary where he works with local vets to rehabilitate injured animals so they can be reintroduced into the wild. Over the years, Washo has rescued more than 40 reptiles and other animals. He also leads his Roots & Shoots group efforts to provide enrichment to monkeys at a primate research center. Founded by Jane Goodall, the Roots & Shoots program inspires youth of all ages to make a difference by becoming involved in their communities.
Samuel Hung who lives in Hong Kong and has devoted his life to studying and helping the endangered Chinese white dolphins.
George Archibald, the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin. When he began the ICF there were 66 Whooping Cranes left in the wild, now there are over 350!
Tom Mangelsen, a renowned wildlife photographer who recently founded the Cougar Fund, which strives to protect the cougar throughout the Americas and to educate the public on the value of cougars in nature.
Juan Carlos Antezana who runs the Inti Wara Yassi sanctuary in Bolivia for street children, who rehabilitate Amazonian wildlife such as pumas, jaguars and monkeys.
Each hero will receive a surprise $5,000 donation to help them realize their dream of saving animals and their habitat and to continue the good works they have started in that pursuit.
"Dr. Goodall is a hero to countless people around the world," says Maureen Smith, general manager of Animal Planet. "So I think it's extraordinary to meet the people who inspire Jane, who happens to be a hero of mine since childhood. We believe that viewers will be fascinated to learn more about these incredible people and will be motivated to make a difference."