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Jane Goodall – A Lifelong Optimist

  • László Erdős


In 1960, a young and scientifically untrained woman started the first detailed ethological study on free-living chimpanzees. Her name was Jane Goodall. Her groundbreaking discoveries challenged not only the way we looked at chimpanzees, but also how we perceived our place in nature. Since the 1980s Jane Goodall has been tireless in lobbying decision-makers, writing articles and books, speaking out on TV, visiting animals in labs, talking to laboratory directors, and giving talks all over the world. Today she is a leading figure in animal advocacy, environmentalism, and nature conservation.


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Worth Reading

  1. Goodall, J. (2010a). In the shadow of man. Boston: Mariner Books.Google Scholar
  2. Goodall, J. (2010b). Through a window: My thirty years with the chimpanzees of Gombe. Boston: Mariner Books.Google Scholar
  3. Goodall, J., & Bekoff, M. (2002). The ten trusts: What we must do to care for the animals we love. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco.Google Scholar
  4. Goodall, J., & Berman, P. (1999). Reason for hope: A spiritual journey. New York: Warner Books.Google Scholar
  5. Goodall, J., & Hudson, G. (2014). Seeds of hope: Wisdom and wonder from the world of plants. New York: Grand Central Publishing.Google Scholar
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  7. Goodall, J., Maynard, T., & Hudson, G. (2009). Hope for animals and their world: How endangered species are being rescued from the brink. New York: Grand Central Publishing.Google Scholar
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  9. Peterson, D., & Goodall, J. (2000). Visions of Caliban: On chimpanzees and people. Athens: The University of Georgia Press.Google Scholar

Worth Watching

  1. Jane (2017)Google Scholar
  2. Chimps: So Like Us (1990)Google Scholar
  3. People of the Forest (1991)Google Scholar
  4. Jane Goodall: My Life with the Chimpanzees (1995)Google Scholar
  5. Fifi’s Boys: A Story of Wild Chimpanzees (1996)Google Scholar
  6. Nature: Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees (1996)Google Scholar
  7. Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees (2002)Google Scholar
  8. Chattel (2003)Google Scholar
  9. Poisoning for Profit (2003)Google Scholar
  10. Jane Goodall’s Return to Gombe (2004)Google Scholar
  11. Dead Society (2007)Google Scholar
  12. Jane’s Journey (2010)Google Scholar
  13. LoveMEATender (2011)Google Scholar
  14. Surviving Progress (2011)Google Scholar
  15. Me…Jane (2015)Google Scholar
  16. Time to Choose (2015)Google Scholar
  17. Change for Chimps (2016)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • László Erdős
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  1. 1.MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, DebrecenInstitute of Ecology and Botany MTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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