Jane Goodall lectures at MU

Caitlin McCarthy – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

The Delta Gamma Lectureship Foundation invited famous primatologist Jane Goodall visited MU on Sept. 17 to lecture on her life and new book “Sowing the Seeds of Hope” for students, faculty and friends.

Goodall, who is known for her studies with chimpanzees, spoke about how the youth of the world has the power to make the Earth a better place. The Jane Goodall Institute encourages people to make a difference not only in their local community, but also on global scale. JGI mostly works with the preservation and research of apes.

Goodall based a lot of her lecture on her life experiences. She told the story of when she was a young girl and when she discovered the book Tarzan of the Apes.

“Tarzan fell in love with the wrong Jane.” said Goodall jokingly.

She continued to talk about her upbringing and having a lot of exposure to wildlife. When she was a young girl her mother found her studying worms from the garden in her bed. Instead of her mother throwing a fit she told young Goodall to bring them back to the garden so they didn’t die. Goodall expressed that her mother was a major support system for her through her career.

At the ripe age of 26,Goodall traveled to Africa with her mother to pursue her dreams of studying apes. While in Africa studying the apes she found that apes and humans have much more in common than what most scientists thought in that day and age. Goodall even lived with the chimpanzees so she could completely put herself in their environment and study their lives. Goodall has done a lot of work with the Gombe National Park in Tanzania.

The audience was touched by her story and grace. She continues to have an impact on the world by encouraging everyone to contribute to the environment.

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