Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Learning in the Wild

Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Learning in the Wild

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Jane Goodall, 80 years young, is one of my heroes. Anthropologist, ethologist, conservationist, animal rights activist, educator-she has held my dream job for more than 50 years, living with and studying the wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. Goodall didn't have academic training as a foundation of her studies, and as a result she was able to observe chimp behaviors that she might have overlooked had she kept to the parameters of strict scientific doctrine. (She also named the chimps rather than numbering them, which was unheard of in scientific study, where the norm was to stay detached from the subjects being studied.)

To share her knowledge of the animal world as well as her passion for conservation and human and nonhuman rights, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute (www.janegoodall. org) and Roots and Shoots (www.rootsandshoots.org), is a program to help young people develop environmental, conservationist, and humanitarian programs to improve their communities. …

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