Primatologist Jane Goodall Visits USF

Legendary Scientist Jane Goodall spent the day at the University of South Florida sharing her message of environmental awareness and conservation with students of all ages.

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Tampa, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2014) – The day began with renowned Primatologist Jane Goodall stopping by the botanical gardens at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus to share her wisdom and inspirational stories with students from Tampa Bay area elementary schools. The children greeted Dr. Goodall with the same kindness and curiosity that Goodall described that she herself had as a young child dreaming of getting outside to learn about and explore nature.

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The event was part of Goodall’s Roots and Shoots outreach program and in collaboration with USF’s College of Arts and Sciences which has worked diligently for years to bring Goodall to campus for a lecture, included a morning visit to the gardens.

The evening lecture held at the USF Sun Dome was well received by a packed, diverse crowd of university students and enthusiastic supporters, all equally enamored to be in the presence of Goodall and her soft spoken, yet vibrant message about our collective responsibility to take care of the planet and all living species.

Goodall, who celebrated her 80th birthday in 2014, travels an average of 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental issues, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.