Jane Goodall's Big Picture

Jane Goodall ape
For more than 40 years, Jane Goodall has been observing chimpanzees in Africa. Now her story is coming to the giant IMAX screen.

The new documentary, "Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees," will be shown on a 90-foot screen. It will offer a spectacular view of Gombe National Park in Tanzania and a close-up look at Dr. Goodall's relationship with the chimps.

The distributor and one of the main producers of this film is The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. In October it will premiere the film in eight states: North Carolina, Ohio, Minnesota, New Jersey, Louisiana, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia. And in November, the IMAX movie will be shown in North Carolina and Florida. The producers plan to release "Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees" in other parts of the country as well.

Facts About Jane Goodall

  • Born in London, England in April 1934
  • Goodall, at the age of 26, went to Lake Tanganyika to study the chimpanzees of the area
  • The first chimpanzee to physically touch Goodall was a baby chimp who she named Fifi; that chimp is now 40 years old, the mother of eight and a grandmother
  • In 1965, Goodall became the eighth person in the history of Cambridge University to be awarded a Ph.D. without first earning a B.A. degree
  • Goodall runs an orphanage for nearly 200 chimpanzees whose mothers were killed by poachers, and she works with schools through an educational program called, "Roots and Shoots"
  • Goodall is widowed. She was married to Hugo Van Lawick, a Dutch wildlife photographer. She has an adult son named Hugo and grandchildren