After our wonderful Chimpanzee Red Carpet Experience, we had the honor of interviewing Jane Goodall! What an amazing woman. So down to earth. So full of knowledge. And so VERY excited about the movie. Something that I find AMAZING is that when I mentioned to my 74 year old mother that I was going to meet Dr. Jane Goodall, she knew exactly who I was talking about and she was very excited for me. AND, when I mentioned her to my 11 year old son, he said “I know who she is – I know her books and saw her in my Zoobooks”. What an impact!
I learned so much during our 20 minute interview with Jane Goodall. Here are just a few of the interesting things I took away from the interview:
Where did your love for chimpanzees begin? Where’d it start?
Dr. Jane Goodall: Well, I wanted to go to Africa when I was ten, and that was because of “Tarzan.” And don’t think that Tarzan had a chimp called Cheetah. That’s an invention. The book doesn’t have Tarzan having a chimp at all. The book doesn’t have a chimp at all. And he’s not raised by chimps either which people have a misconception. Anyway, that was when I decided I wanted to go to Africa and live with animals and write books about them. And then I saved up money got out to to Kenya, met Louis Leakey, and he offered me chimps, so I had no dreams of going to study chimps.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about chimpanzees?
Dr. Jane Goodall: That they remain nice and cute and sweet. That they make wonderful pets. I think those are, for them, the worst misconceptions
And last, my favorite quote from the interview from Dr. Jane Goodall:
Just spend a little bit of time each day thinking about the consequences of the choices you make. Where did it come from? Does it involve cruelty to animals? How was it made? What do you wear that does involve child-slave labor or sweat shops? How many miles has it traveled? How was the environment damaged? And when people start thinking like that, they begin making, first, small changes, and then usually, bigger changes. T he difficulty is getting people to understand that what you do and that what each one of us does every day is having an impact on the planet, and we have a choice. What kind of impact. Don’t start thinking, oh, well, it doesn’t matter what I do, ’cause I’m one. If you were one, it wouldn’t matter two hoots, but you’re not one.
*I was provided with an all expense paid trip to the Red Carpet Premiere of Chimpanzee by Walt Disney Pictures, Global Resort Homes, and the Kissimmee CVB. All opinions are 100% mine.