Singing “Happy Birthday” to Jane Goodall in Uganda

This morning, I took a boat ride on Lake Victory to visit the island of Ngamba, a chimpanzee reserve.  After we arrived on the island, we were given a short orientation, and then given a few minutes to walk around the reserve’s visitor areas.

While sitting quietly and enjoying some Ugandan tea, I looked off in the distance and thought I saw Jane Goodall, world-renown primatologist.  As she came closer, I realized that it was, in fact, her.

One of the wildlife officials introduced Jane and said it was her 80th birthday (or a close approximation; her actual birthday April 3).  The staff brought in a cake with a chimp decoration, and we all sang “Happy Birthday.”  The soon-to-be octogenarian then cut the cake and we all had a piece.

Dr. Jane Goodall Cutting Her Birthday Cake

Dr. Jane Goodall Cutting Her Birthday Cake

Jane then agreed to have her picture taken with everybody.  First with the staff and then with visitors.

While I was having my photograph taken with Jane, I had a chance to talk briefly with her.

TRW Discussing with Dr. Goodall Her Flirtation Ways

TRW Discussing with Dr. Goodall Her Flirtation Ways

I didn’t want to blow it; I wanted to ask an important environmental question.

TRW:  I’ve heard that you used to be quite a flirt?

Jane: What?

TRW:  From a television documentary, I heard you confess that you were a flirt?

Jane:  That’s true.  But not so much anymore, I don’t have time.

There you have it.  Jane Goodall is still a self-confessed flirt.  Inquiring minds want to know.

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7 Responses to Singing “Happy Birthday” to Jane Goodall in Uganda

  1. bretberger says:

    This blog is going down hill, too much celebrity gossip! 🙂

  2. Allen says:

    I don’t know if you’re providing “celebrity gossip” or not, but I do enjoy reading about your travels and visits with primatologists.

  3. Susan says:

    So let me get this right: you meet with the King/Queen of Sweden in December, then you jet to Uganda, and then you bump into world primatologist Jane Goodall. Boy, Roger, you are livin’ the dream.

    • rogerdhansen says:

      You do bring up a interesting point, and it’s not related Jane Goodall.

      It all becomes a very uneasy dream when you spend a week in Sweden living the “good life,” and then travel to Uganda and work with those on the opposite end of the economic spectrum. The contrasts are very stark. And not easy to deal with.

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