Jane Goodall is on tour. She’s in my town right now, across the river, being interviewed on the radio program Think Out Loud, from Oregon Public Broadcasting. What makes a 77 year-old want to go on tour?
There’s no question Jane Goodall has done some great things, and I’ve heard she’s a very inspiring speaker. But I already like chimps, and I’m on board with saving them from extinction and passing laws to prevent researchers from cutting up their living brains, so I can afford to miss her presentation. Plus, I know that saving an animal from extinction only means “now it’s okay to kill it again” (think buffalo, eagle, wolf, and so on).
I would like to see the movie Jane’s Journey, though. Maybe. It’s been getting tepid reviews. The gripe seems to be that it’s a little too much admiration for Jane Goodall, and not that much information about what she’s done.
Here’s the trailer.
Here’s a review from the New York Times.
Here’s a review from the L.A. Times.
Here’s a review from Variety.
Bad reviews aside, her story really is something, and how many primatologists can you name? Jane Goodall is a walking, talking celebrity superstar… of science! That’s quite an accomplishment.
To read more about some famous chimps (and other primates), try our Common Bonds feature, Great Apes!