Jane Goodall on a life dedicated to the study of chimpanzees



Jane Goodall’s extreme love of nature could have ended just as quickly as it began, when she was just 18 months old and took a handful of earthworms into bed with her.

“My mother wasn’t angry, she simply explained that if I left them there they would die,” Goodall recalled. “I realise now I had the making of a scientist – curiosity, not being afraid to make a mistake, and patience. With a different mother, those skills might have been crushed.”

At 23, Goodall set off on her own to Africa. There she met the renowned primatologist Louis Leakey, who entrusted her to study wild chimps in Tanzania, even though Goodall didn’t even have a degree. “When I first arrived, the chimps took one look and ran away. They’d never seen a white ape before. But slowly one chimp, David Greybeard, began to lose his fear of me. “

Goodall had her big breakthrough when she witnessed the animal using grass stems as tools to catch termites.

“One time, I thought I’d lost him. I picked him a ripe palm nut and he didn’t take it. But instead he very gently squeezed my hand, which is how humans and chimps reassure each other. So we communicated perfectly.”

The more she got to know the chimps, the more she realised they shared our unsavory characteristics, too. Goodall witnessed chimps killing and eating colobus monkeys, and killing each other.

“Before that I had thought they were like us, but nicer. I wasn’t shocked by them hunting, because people hunt. But I was shocked when I realised they were conducting a primitive war against another group of chimps.

“I think that chimps and humans are about as civilised as each other. But we’re worse, because we can understand better than they can what we’re doing.”

But Goodall saw examples of true altruism in the chimps, too.

“I remember fondly a 12-year-old male who adopted a 3-year-old infant. He protected and looked after him. It was very moving.”

Next month, Goodall will return to Tanzania to spend more time with the chimps. They live up to 60 years, and almost all those Goodall originally befriended have now died. Now 80, Goodall shows no signs of slowing down.

“I never imagined I’d still be working at 80. I’m going to have to stop travelling at some point I suppose. But I won’t ever retire.”

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October 26: Bahrain withdraws from a proposal to create a federation of nine with the seven Trucial States and Qatar. 

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March 1:  Alex Douglas Hume, Conservative foreign secretary confirms that Britain will leave the Gulf and “strongly supports” the creation of a Union of Arab Emirates.

July 12: Historic meeting at which Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid make a binding agreement to create what will become the UAE.

July 18: It is announced that the UAE will be formed from six emirates, with a proposed constitution signed. RAK is not yet part of the agreement.

August 6:  The fifth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed becoming Ruler of Abu Dhabi, with official celebrations deferred until later in the year.

August 15: Bahrain becomes independent.

September 3: Qatar becomes independent.

November 23-25: Meeting with Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid and senior British officials to fix December 2 as date of creation of the UAE.

November 29:  At 5.30pm Iranian forces seize the Greater and Lesser Tunbs by force.

November 30: Despite  a power sharing agreement, Tehran takes full control of Abu Musa. 

November 31: UK officials visit all six participating Emirates to formally end the Trucial States treaties

December 2: 11am, Dubai. New Supreme Council formally elects Sheikh Zayed as President. Treaty of Friendship signed with the UK. 11.30am. Flag raising ceremony at Union House and Al Manhal Palace in Abu Dhabi witnessed by Sheikh Khalifa, then Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

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