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Jane Goodall in NZ for 80th Year celebrations

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Friday, 30 May 2014 10:40am

Jane Goodall and Phil Bishop
Jane Goodall and Professor Phil Bishop

World-renowned conservationist and ethologist Jane Goodall is coming to New Zealand next month to give a series of public talks marking 80 years of her extraordinary life.

The University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication, along with the Allan Wilson Centre, Wellington Zoo and Auckland Zoo, will host the visit by Dr Goodall (PhD, DBE), who is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the UN Messenger for Peace

Professor Phil Bishop, Assistant Director of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago, says all four organisations are delighted Jane will visit New Zealand this year, and have announced “an evening with Jane Goodall” in Dunedin (June 20), Wellington (June 22) and Auckland (June 23).

All proceeds of these ticketed events will go towards projects run by the Jane Goodall Institute, and to support tens of thousands of people in over 130 countries involved with her Roots & Shoots initiative, also known as Solutionaries in Australia and New Zealand.

Roots and Shoots is a hands-on global humanitarian and environmental programme inspiring young people of all ages to help make the world a better place - www.rootsandshoots.org.

“As one of the most legendary conservationists of our time, Jane will share her thoughts on the future of conservation, guidance on navigating the current threats the world faces, and above all, heartfelt reasons to maintain hope despite growing and often overwhelming odds,” says Professor Bishop.

The evening will also provide an opportunity to hear about her lifetime of work with the Gombe chimpanzees, including highlights from some of her unique experiences in the field. She will also discuss the future of chimpanzees in the wild and the relocation of most of the orphan chimpanzees in the Tchimpounga Sanctuary on to islands in the Koilou River in the Congo Republic.

“It is a great pleasure and honour to host Jane Goodall’s visit to the University of Otago, which is internationally acclaimed for its work in conservation. Hearing Jane talk about her experiences with the chimpanzees and her optimistic vision for the future of mankind is a breath of fresh air in today’s climate of doom and gloom,” Professor Bishop says.

Jane, who celebrated her 80th birthday on 3 April 2014, spends over 300 days a year travelling to many countries spreading the message of the threats faced by chimpanzees as well as other environmental crises, urging her audiences to understand the importance of personal responsibility and how each individual can help make a difference every day.

As a researcher, Jane’s work with the Gombe chimpanzees during the 1960s brought ground-breaking knowledge of the species and the close evolutionary and behavioural bonds shared between chimpanzees and humans. Her observations of watching chimpanzees use sticks to collect termites for food dispelled the belief that only humans create tools.

Event Details

‘Jane Goodall 80th Year celebrations’

  • Friday 20 June 2014 at the Regent Theatre, Dunedin, 7pm to 8pm
  • Sunday 22 June 2014 at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, 2pm to 3pm 
  • Monday 23 June 2014 at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland, 7pm to 8pm

Tickets for each event are $25. Advance booking is strongly recommended. To book tickets please visit the Allan Wilson Centre website to be directed to the correct ticket office for each event.

Further information about the programmes of the Jane Goodall Institute

Media contact:

Professor Phil Bishop
University of Otago
Science Communication Centre
Tel 64 3 4797990
Email: phil.bishop@otago.ac.nz
Allan Wilson Centre

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