Jane Goodall is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation. Her new memoir is entitled Reason for Hope, A Spiritual Journey. Steven Jay Gould has described her work with chimpanzees as one of the Western world's great scientific achievements. On this one-hour interview with New Dimensions Radio host Michael Toms, Goodall talks candidly about her career; her life in Gombe, Africa; and her reading of the plight of animals in the modern world.
She pays tribute to the supportive role of her mother and to the importance of Louis Leakey, the scientist who gave her a chance to follow her passion. She is very forceful in her linking of environmental endangerment and the future of chimpanzees. Of the two million chimpanzees at the turn of the century, only 220,000 are left today in 21 nations. Goodall believes that the only way to save these animals is to restore their habitat.
This world traveler also speaks of her faith in God and points out that she agrees with those indigenous peoples who see that the twenty-first century will be a spirit century. Her message of the connection between humans, animals, and the earth makes good sense.