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Jane Goodall answers questions on her 50 years of activism Add to ...

Jane Goodall radically changed our understanding of chimpanzees. For more than 50 years, she has been an animal rights activist. She is most well known for her work in Tanzania.

Ms. Goodall has also created an institute in her own name, which seeks to build community and protect animal welfare and the environment. A youth component of the institute, Roots and Shoots, has 10,000 groups in more than 100 countries.

The discussion Ms. Goodall has taken place. Below is a transcript.

nhulsman - Hi, this is Noel Hulsman, we'll start our online discussion with Jane Goodall in five minutes. Please submit your questions for her.

1:01 [Comment From Jane Goodall ]

Hi Noel, Looking forward to the discussion

1:02 nhulsman - While researching chimpanzees, what type of reactions and relations did you get with any native peoples of Tanzania? - Mallory Sickle

1:03 [Comment From Jane Goodall]

Right from the beginning, Tanzanians were fascinated and became involved in helping me in the field. They are now a very important part of ongoing research. The director of Gombe Research Station is a Tanzanian with a Phd

1:03 nhulsman - In your experience, for those who want to become Ethologists (for both primates and non-primate mammals) in the wild, is it more advantageous to come from an anthropological background or biological? Specifically, what course of study, in college, would you recommend? Do you continue to work with Marc Bekoff? Who are some other notable Ethologists you enjoy working with? Thank you so much for your time, Dr. Jane. I saw Jane's Journey at the Cleveland Film Festival yesterday and it was fantastic! - Ayelet Cooper

1:05 [Comment From Jane Goodall]

It's possible to approach this from anthropology, biology, psychology, even sociology. Check on the janegoodall.org website for courses we recommend. I do sometimes still work with Marc Bekoff, also scientists like Richard Wrangham and many others. Many of them have studied at Gombe. Jane's Journey took a long time to make -- glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully it will be distributed in Canada soon.

1:06 nhulsman -

I've just started your book: Reason For Hope - a spiritual journey. Since it is 11 years since it was published, I am wondering if you feel more or less "reason for hope" in 2011. - Margaret Brady

1:10 [Comment From Jane Goodall]

I wonder if you have seen the paperback which has a last chapter added which is called "Hope Beyond 9/11". My main reasons for hope are the human brain, the resilience of nature and the energy and commitment of young people. It is so important to understand that while we need money to live, we should not live for money. As our young people grow up and move into leadership positions sharing this philosophy, then indeed there will be hope for the future. I am just about to speak to 200 young people who are part of our Roots & Shoots youth action program. There are now Roots & Shoots programs in over 125 countries, and members of all ages who roll up their sleeves and undertake projects to help people, animals and the environment. There are more than 500 groups across Canada, and we have just introduced the program to aboriginal communities too. Visit janegoodall.ca to find out more

1:11 nhulsman - Where you ever scared of the political instability in regions you studied? Did you ever have issues with Rebels or Guerilla's in the area's you worked? How do you sign up to volunteer at your center? - Michele Carney

1:15 [Comment From Jane Goodall]

Yes, many countries in Africa where we work do have major instability. We had problems with militia in Burundi and DRC and our programs in Sierra Leone and Guinea have been suspended due to instability. In 1975 students from Gombe were actually kidnapped by rebel forces from what was then Zaire (DRC) and the research station had to be closed. What we are finding works for us now is that our offices throughout Africa are staffed by local people who understand local issues and complexities which is critical particularly in a country like DRC. In terms of volunteer opportunities, the people who go to Gombe are researchers. But if you would like to volunteer in Canada, please check the website at janegoodall.ca for the many ways to get involved and to help. We'd love to have you!

1:15 [Comment From Lori ]

Jane, you are truly an inspiration to me and a woman I greatly admire. Who would you say as inspired you throughout your career?

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