National Geographic : 1992 Mar
T he touch-an exquisite moment for Jane Goodall-came when a chimpanzee she had never seen before reached out his hand to her. The old male had been caged alonefor years in anAfrican zoo. "He's desperatefor con tactwith other living beings," Goodallsays, "so he manipulates zoogoers, throwingfeces to make them jump and shriek." Drawingon her un paralleled understanding of chimps in the wild, Goodallcomforted and quieted the raginganimal by bowing in a chimp ges ture of submission. After 30 years Goodall has turnedthe day-to-day work at Gombe National Park in Tanzaniaover to others. She now cam paignsfor better protec tion of wild apes and better care of captives. "I've learned so much from observing chimpan zees," she says. "I feel it's my responsibilityto give them something back."