Sunday, September 15, 2002

PRIMATOLOGIST STUMPS FOR ENVIRONMENT

Chimp expert turns to conservation
By JAY TOKASZ News Staff Reporter 9/14/2002

Jane Goodall became famous living in isolation in the Tanzania forest, with chimpanzees as her primary neighbors.
Now she's traveling around the world, hoping to spark a passion in children so that future generations will save the chimps and preserve the environment.

The renowned primatologist, whose landmark studies of chimps in the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve made her a household name, spent most of Friday at Clarence High School - one of hundreds of stops in her global conservation efforts.

Goodall said she could not in good conscience continue to spend most of her life researching, while chimpanzees and other animals are slaughtered for meat, forests are chopped down for lumber, and the ozone layer is depleted....

After opening her remarks with a rousing chimpanzee call, Goodall told students that she became interested in animals and rain forests by reading Tarzan books and was jealous of the vine-swinging adventurer's wife, who is also named Jane.

Goodall, who had no college degree, saved her tips from a waitress job to pay for her trip to Tanzania in 1960. The British government allowed her to go only if she brought along a companion. So Goodall chose her mother.

For months, the agile Gombe chimps fled whenever they saw Goodall, but she persisted, eventually earning their trust. Observation of the chimps has been ongoing for nearly 43 years.

Goodall's research led her to write several books, including "In the Shadow of Man" and "Reason for Hope."...