Jane Goodall has spent years in the jungles of Gombe, Tanzania, with a notepad in hand, observing and studying chimpanzees in the wild meticulously while learning about their distinct personalities.
Goodall’s research on primates changed the way many viewed animals after his groundbreaking discovery that chimpanzees used tools. And she has become a leading advocate for primates and the environment by establishing the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues to advance her work around the world and her research in Gombe.
Today, Goodall’s remarkable life and legacy is on display in an immersive exhibit that will put people in the jungle with her and her beloved chimpanzees titled “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall”.
The exhibit, which was produced in partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Jane Goodall Institute, will open on November 7 and run through April 17 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles County.
“It really shows that an individual really has the ability to make an impact in their field and the world,” said Su Oh, senior vice president of education, exhibitions and community engagement for the Museum.
The exhibit tells Goodall’s story through immersive exhibits, videos, artefacts from her personal life, photographs, a screening of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania where she did her job as well as encounters with digitally rendered chimpanzees.
Here are three highlights of the exhibition:
The exhibit will take people back to Goodall’s childhood with a look at one of her earliest inspirations, a plush chimpanzee she named Jubilee, which her father gave her in 1935 when she was around a year old. year.
“All the fur is basically off now because she had held it so much. It is one of his most precious possessions, ”Oh said.
Other early artifacts include his books Doctor Dolittle and Tarzan, which also inspired the future scientist as a child.
Talk to him
In a way, people will be able to meet Goodall in person, as she also makes an appearance in the form of a hologram-like projection where she speaks directly to visitors about her thoughts, feelings, and what she’s learned in living among chimpanzees.
welcome to the house
People will be able to get a real feel for the kind of life she has lived while doing her research once they enter a replica of her research tent. It includes a desk, cots and tin cans that she ate while she was in the field.
“You can really imagine and see what it was like to be in that environment. She really lived it, ”Oh said.
“Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr Jane Goodall”
When: November 7 – April 17
Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles.
Admission: $ 24 general admission; $ 12 for children under 12; $ 21 for seniors and students
Information: 213-763-3466 or nhm.org.
COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn in indoor spaces and outdoor pavilions of butterflies and spiders. From November 4, visitors must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours to enter.