Thursday, October 10, 2002


Even Goodall's chimps have a Web site now
Sharon Schmickle Star Tribune
Published Oct 10, 2002 CHI10

Fifi gazes calmly from the screen, serene in her role as the matriarch of the chimpanzees that wildlife biologist Jane Goodall introduced to the world. In sharp contrast, Fifi's son, Frodo, bares his teeth as a chilling reminder that the alpha male can be a menace to chimps and humans alike.

The famous Goodall chimps are making a new nationwide debut this month, orchestrated by the Science Museum of Minnesota and University of Minnesota scientists who follow in Goodall's footsteps.

Through a Web site, wide-screen film and classroom materials, biology students and chimp fans can meet the animals and track research that today makes use of such high-tech tools as DNA analysis, satellites and global positioning devices....

Fifi, Frodo and 13 other Goodall chimps are the stars of the Web site, which takes viewers to Tanzania's Gombe National Park, where Goodall launched the research in 1960.

The site also introduces a new crop of chimp scholars who use the university as a research base because it houses 320,000 pages of records that have been restored and cataloged at the Jane Goodall Institute's Center for Primate Studies on the St. Paul campus....