Primate scientist swings into BAM

Primate scientist swings into BAM
Jane Goodall Institure / Chase Pickering

Get ready for some monkey business.

World-renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in April for a lecture called “Sowing the Seeds of Hope.” She will talk about her new book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” as well as her work with primates.

Goodall gained notoriety in the 1960s through her study of chimpanzee behavior in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Her findings questioned conventional understandings of primate behavior by noting emotional and social interactions that were previously thought to be unique to humans. She also discovered that chimps engage in primitive tool-making, using twigs as an implement to capture and consume insects.

She founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 to help fund her research and to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. She also started an environmental conservancy group for young people called Roots and Shoots in 1991, and became a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2002.

Goodall’s new book focuses on her love of plants and what can be done to protect our environment.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 20.

“Sowing the Seeds of Hope: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall” at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House [30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and Saint Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org]. April 15 at 8 pm. $30, $45, $65, or $85.

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