Jane Goodall’s Africa
Through Our Eyes
Dr. Jane Goodall wanted a "Hands-on" environmental room for the people
of Kigoma, Africa. The next thing we knew, we were on our way! This is
In 2001, as representatives of the Kalamazoo Nature Center and guests
of Dr. Jane Goodall, we traveled to Kigoma, Tanzania, which is found
on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in Africa.
We were to meet with the JGI staff in Kigoma, a fishing village of
53,000 people. Dr. Jane had asked us to design a "Hands-on" room for
her, to be used in Kigoma for the people of the area, not tourist.
This room would enable the local people to understand their ecological
heritage and their relationship to it. Part of this time was spent in
Kigoma, the Gombe Stream Reserve and on Safari in that part of Africa.
A secondary aspect of that trip was meeting a Japhet Jonas, a student
of Dr. Jane's Roots and Shoots program and realizing his potential. As
time passed for Japhet this is what happened: a trip to the states,
then back home in Tanzania for a three year degree program in Wild
Life management and now working for JGI in Arusha Tanzania. We spend a
week working and learning with him in the new JGI office in Arusha in
2008. Another piece of the experience!
Through the use of media and personal experiences, come feel the
Africa of Dr. Jane. Our experience covers the yin and the yang of
Africa. The Redings would like to share their experiences, their
thoughts and their encounters in Jane Goodall's Africa!
Fee: A one hour program will be available for
a fee of $300, plus transportation and living expenses (if needed).