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.
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.
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?
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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