Reason for Hope
Reason for Hope
Jane Goodall’s Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey isn’t
only about her experiences with chimpanzees in Africa, but it also covers her
life’s journey. The writer provided glances of her childhood with a love of
animals. She wrote about a supportive mother and family members, who were
responsible for much of her spiritual growth and development.
Readers learned how she saved money by working odd jobs and
as a waitress, so that she could afford to go to Africa to fulfill her
childhood dreams. While on that continent she worked with Louis Leaky, and went
on digs for fossils. But this paleontologist made it possible for her to go to
Gombe to study chimpanzees. Goodall spent years in the wild documenting how
these creatures lived. Her greatest discovery was when she witnessed these
chimps making, and using tools with stems to get their food.
Goodall with her persistence was able to develop a good
working relationship with these animals. Each member in their groups was
identified by a name. Unfortunately, the author was unlucky in marriage. Her
first husband was a photographer, who documented many of her findings, with
whom she had a son called Grub. But this marriage ended in a divorce. She later
fell in love with a game warden on an African reservation who she married, but he
died not long afterwards from cancer.
Goodall eventually became world famous. She earned a
doctorate, and held a position as an associate professor at Sanford University.
The author busily travels to give lectures around the world, and to promote the
Jane Goodall Institute. She also formed Roots & Shoots for young people
from grade school to university level in many countries. These organizations
focus on protecting the environment, working to prevent deforestation, and
promoting the natural habitats for animals.