A tiny chimpanzee baby, called Hope, met her benefactor Dr Jane Goodall when the global environmentalist visited Monarto Zoo on the 15th May, as part of her ‘Rewind the Future Tour.’
Dr Goodall, who conferred the aspirational name on the three-month-old chimp, also gave her own name to Monarto’s Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Conservation Centre.
Baby Hope is the eleventh member to join the centre, a state-of-the-art outdoor compound and glassed viewing enclosure where the chimpanzees are carefully managed by zoo staff for health and well-being.
Dr Goodall was joined on the day by members of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) and ZooSA during this final event in the Australian leg of her world tour.
She also lunched with Zoo sponsors in the Monarto Pavilion restaurant.
A relentless storyteller for change, Dr Goodall spoke of her early research with the chimpanzees of Gombe in East Africa, and how subsequent loss of habitat and predation have driven primate communities to near-extinction.
She called for universal action against climate change and habitat destruction, and for greater compassion towards all other non-human species.
The Monarto visit marked the end of an exciting program of activities and presentations which were jointly organised by JGIA and ZoosSA.
Wendy Fowler | SA R&S Coordinator
Photo Credits: Mark Tipple
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