Book one of my Goodall Challenge is done! And it was amazing. I cannot believe Jane Goodall is still alive after living amongst wild chimpanzees for all those years. What a crazy gal.
And I can’t believe I’m going to see her lecture next month! Ahhh!
This is her first major book, originally published in 1971, and it chronicles the first decade or so of her research in the Gombe forest in Tanzania, Africa.
She gives you insight into individual chimpanzees who are all a part of this certain group of chimps that she researches. She follows them through birth (some of them), mating, fighting, loving, and sometimes death.
What’s the most fascinating feeling that you’ll have while reading this book, is you’ll feel like you’re reading about humans. Chimps are so similar to us in both small and significant ways. You’ll get attached to certain personalities. You’ll feel angry about some of the things they do. You’ll feel like they really are 99% of us.
Interesting factoid: chimps share more DNA with us than they do with gorillas!
And I hope, if you choose to read this great and important book, that you’ll also feel a sense of responsibility to saving wild chimps and their forests.
If not for the chimps, do it for our lost dinos.
Learn more about The Jane Goodall Institute here.
Get “In the Shadow of Man” for $10.85 on Amazon.