Jane Goodall on blazing a trail, finding passion, and overcoming the odds

At 82, the renowned primatologist reflects on her career and discusses the future of the planet

Jane Goodall continues to advocate for all species.
(Image credit: Kennan Ward/Corbis)

Jane Goodall knows a thing or two about navigating uncharted territory. When she first entered the Gombe Stream reserve in Tanzania nearly 60 years ago, she was just 26 years old. She didn't have modern tools like GPS, satellite imagery, or motion sensors. Nor did she have a college degree in anything animal-related, or loads of money to support her endeavor into the forest.

"If I'd had all of that, I would have been such a different person," Goodall tells The Week in an interview at the University of Redlands. Indeed, all Goodall had was her notebook, a pair of binoculars, and her own enduring fascination with Africa's wild animals. And that was enough.

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