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"Becoming Jane" in Los Angeles

If you are in the LA area, you have the opportunity to explore the exhibit "Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall," which runs at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park through April 17, 2022.

The interactive exhibit includes books and toys (including her favorite stuffed toy, a chimpanzee called Jubilee) that influenced young Jane toward wanting to study animals, original notes and sketches from her observations in the Gombe, and photographs and film footage of chimpanzees encountered in Tanzania and around the world, including captive animals in entertainment or research facilities.

The film projections of chimpanzees in the wild are very realistic. When one CGI chimp approached the audience, a service dog barked at it.

Note the program from a pivotal November 16, 1986 scientific conference on chimpanzees features several lectures about chimp cognition, including signing. Although Dr. Goodall was not involved in this branch of research, it's fascinating to see interest in the topic continuing past they heyday of the 1970s.

For more information about the "Becoming Jane" exhibit, please visit NHM.ORG/becoming-jane

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