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Chimpanzees: Gombe Revisited

Jane Goodall
Friday, 26 Oct 2012
Dining room, HK Fooll Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
A dinner with Jane Goodall, most famous for her work with primates in Africa.

Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong

Dr Jane Goodall, DBE

"Chimpanzees: Gombe Revisited "


Friday, 26 October 2012

Dining Room, HK Fooll Club, 3 Sports Road, Causeway Bay

Drinks and Book Signing 7.00pm; Gala Dinner and Lecture 7.30pm

The Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong and Royal Geographical Society are honoured to welcome to Hong Kong Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, one of the world's most distinguished naturalists. In 1960, with no formal academic qualifications, she saved up enough money to travel to Africa to pursue a pioneering field study of wild chimpanzees at Gombe, Tanzania.

When Dr Goodall arrived at what is now the Gombe National Park, she began the field study that has made her one of the best known scientists in the world. Five years later, after receiving her doctorate at Cambridge, Dr Goodall went to Tanzania again and established the Gombe Stream Research Centre. Over the next twentyfive years, her groundbreaking work transformed understanding of human evolution, animal behaviour and the importance of environmental conservation.

For this lecture, she reflects on Gombe 52 years on, giving an update on the latest modern research of chimpanzee communities and how it reflects upon modern societies. One of the special advantages of the Gombe River Research Centre is that it has over 50 years of research on the same chimpanzee communities, allowing continuous, long term research. Interestingly, as the protections around wildlife reserves have become stronger, this has resulted in environmental challenges of how these nomadic chimpanzee communities develop over time within fixed borders.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall founded the Dr. Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation, with offices worldwide, to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. Roots & Shoots, her humanitarian and environmental programme for young people, is now active in more than 80 countries. Dr. Goodall has received numerous awards for her work, appears regularly on television and radio, has written several books and writes for numerous publications. Today, her work revolves around mobilising action on behalf of not only chimpanzees, but for all animals, people and the environment. She has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2002. Dr. Goodall has received the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal and has been knighted as a DBE by Queen Elizabeth II.

The evening comprises a drinks reception, three course dinner with wine and lecture. Tickets are priced at HK$1,250 each.

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