Growing up in Britain during the second world war, Jane Goodall was often told her dreams were just that – fantasy, unrealistic, unachievable: “I had read Tarzan and fallen in love, although he married the wrong Jane, the wretched man,” she jokes. “I wanted to live with wild animals and write books about them. But people would say: ‘How can you do that? Africa is far away, we don’t know much about it. You don’t have any money in your family. You’re just a girl.’”
At the beginning of Jane, a film about pioneering British chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall, documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen asks his subject about her dreams as a child.
“I was typically a man and went on adventures,” recalls Goodall. “Probably because at the time I wanted to do things which men did and women didn’t — you know, like going to Africa, living with animals.”
Later, reading from her 1999 book Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey, Goodall expands on that theme. “I wanted to come as close to talking to animals as I could, to be like Dr. Doolittle,” she says. “I wanted to move among them without fear, like Tarzan.”
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The cow elephant’s active baby boy had been running around the zoo compound like normal all day – but not anymore. Her calf had been lying on the ground for a nap, but now he wouldn’t wake up. Her baby wasn’t responding to her trunk’s touch and her concern was growing. Suddenly though, a familiar face appeared to offer assistance.
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A rogue elephant, who trampled 15 people to death in eastern India, has been shot dead in an elaborate hunt involving forest guards and sharpshooters.
The wild elephant, believed to be about 25-years-old, had killed four people in Bihar in March before it crossed over to neighbouring Jharkhand state where it crushed 11 people to death.
Forest authorities recently signed shooting orders for the tusker, which had so terrorised the locals that they fled their villages in the hilly forests of Jharkhand.
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She was born in Namibia in 1990, but she was no ordinary child.
Playing with wild African animals since she was a baby, Tippi Degré believes she has the gift of talking with animals; they are like brothers and sisters to her.
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Keeper Karel Geurts watches on as the two lions approach each other. One is a lioness named Masrya, and she was once a caged promotional tool for her cruel former owners. The other is a four-month-old lion cub called Nero, who used to belong to a circus. They are both in need of company, but nobody could have guessed what would happen when they met.
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A Chilean tourist survived for nine days while lost in a dense expanse of Bolivian rainforest — thanks to a troop of hero monkeys who “dropped him fruit and led him to shelter and water every day,” the man claimed.
Maykool Coroseo Acuña, 25, went missing from his Max Adventures tour group at Madidi National Park, a protected rainforest in the northwest part of the South American country, National Geographic reported.
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Poachers forced their way into a French zoo and killed a southern white rhinoceros named Vince, sawing off one of his horns before fleeing into the night.
The Thoiry Zoo said police are investigating the killing of the 4-year-old animal. The poachers remain at large.
“It is extremely shocking what just happened,” zoo director Thierry Duguet told France’s 20 Minutes newspaper. “An act of such violence, never before seen in Europe.”
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Isn’t this straight out of Disney?
When a lioness AKA Queen of the Jungle encounters an abandoned infant lamb, you’d probably expect only one outcome! However, you’ll be amazed what actually happened next…
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Another sad day for nature lovers:
The Oregon Zoo announced on Facebook Thursday morning that they had to put down one of their elephants, Packy.
“With great sadness, we said goodbye to Packy this morning. Packy, the oldest male Asian elephant in North America, was humanely euthanized at the zoo after animal-care staff determined his quality of life and the safety of the herd was compromised by his illness,” the statement said. “Packy was a beloved animal and dear friend to our staff and volunteers, members, and community. This is a tremendous loss for all of us.”