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Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe Hardcover – November 15, 1999


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (November 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556709471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556709470
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,018,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Goodall is the most famous primatologist, possibly the most famous field biologist, of the 20th century. Her chimpanzee research did more to increase human knowledge of the lives of our closest relatives than that of any other scientist. It's in large part due to her example that primatology is the closest thing to a female-dominated science.

But in 1986 Goodall gave up fieldwork for a higher, more pressing calling: rescuing chimpanzees from inhumane conditions in captivity and preserving the species from extinction. Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe is a pictorial tribute to her life, her studies of the chimpanzees, and her unflagging efforts to motivate human beings on their behalf.

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." Goodall began her research by giving the chimpanzees names, by observing them as nonhuman individuals. Her activism is directed toward the human individuals: scientists who use apes in research, Africans who live near wild apes, children in Africa and in the industrialized world who can learn to value other creatures for themselves. Goodall says of this last project that "I think Roots & Shoots is probably the reason I came into the world. Yet I couldn't have done it without all those years with the chimpanzees and an understanding that led to a blurring of the line between 'man' and 'beasts.'" --Mary Ellen Curtin

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This reverent and beautifully photographed album celebrates the chimpanzees of Gombe and Jane Goodall's career as both a pioneering field biologist and a moral leader in the humane treatment and rehabilitation of laboratory animals. The brief biographical chapters repeat anecdotes from her recent autobiography Reason for Hope (LJ 9/15/99); later chapters provide more coverage of her work with organizations such as ChimpanZoo, chimpanzee sanctuaries, and Roots and Shoots, a youth environmental program. A recurring theme is Goodall's powerful motivation to bond personally with the chimpanzees she comes into contact with, be they orphans, lab animals, or even wild chimpanzees in her research study. Perhaps a more critical account of her career will explore the appropriateness of her approach in conducting scientific field studies. For now, her status as a patron saint of chimpanzees seems assured. Recommended for academic and public libraries.
-Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2000
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At 14, I admire and sulute Ms. Goodall! Her work and devotion to some the most fascinating of animals is absolutely stunning! I think that over her 40 wonderful at Gombe, she has developed a beautiful relationship with these animals, and you can definetely see and feel their love with this book! Everyone who has ever read her dazzling books or has any knowledge or admiration for Jane's hard and unmistakably hard work will enjoy this timeline of a stunning woman's life in Africa! Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John W. Jensen on May 8, 2008
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I bought this for my daughter, Beth. It is an outstanding book. Incredible photos and very well done. Like all of Jane Goodall's books, this is a keeper.

John Jensen
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As a teaching student I have been developing lessons using this book as a text in addition to the text book.
I have found it inspiring to integrate the life of Jane Goodall and her work at Gombe into my biology lessons.
Linking the experiences of Ms Goodall to the content I intend to teach to students has helped me to develop lessons that include reading, writing and communication skills into the science classroom, as well as show students that science has real life applications.
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