We keep destroying our environment and the beautiful creatures that share it with us. How do you keep your chin up and remain optimistic about where humanity is headed? It's tough these days, and I'd love to hear your perspective.
What are you most proud to see change in the world over your lifetime?
Hi Dr. Goodall!
What was the pivotal point in your career where you decided that you absolutely wanted to study primates in the field? What were the reactions of your peers?
My two daughters (6 & 3) are huge fans of yours, and have read about you in both 'The Watcher' and 'Rebel Girls'. They have an explorer outfit they use to pretend they are you.
Mathilda (6) would like to ask you: "How did you manage to get so close to the chimpanzees? How did they settle down around you?"
Philippa (3) would like to ask you: "Do you have any pets?"
Here is a photo of the girls pretending to be you and a chimp: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ynnyj2rpsmhihdb/IMG_4079.jpg?dl=0
I am an aspiring environmental scientist. Would you say conservation of natural resources or the protection of species is more important? I'm trying to figure out where I can do the most good.
As a scientist and researcher, how do believe we can make a positive impact on the environment we currently live in considering the large amounts of damage already done to the earth?
To what extent can the vocalizations and gestures of chimpanzees be converted or translated into a language? Has progress been made translating this?
This AMA just made me giddy with excitement! Dr. Goodall, when I was little, I wanted to be you when I grew up and I am so excited to see you on here.
Of course I'm interested in your work but I'd love to know more about your activism. What would you say are the most effective ways people can get involved? For folks with small children, what would you recommend in order to get them involved too?
Thank you for being the person I looked up to for so many years (and still do!) and the person that taught me it was more than okay to deeply care about animals. Wishing you well.
Thank you for doing this AMA.
What would you say are the main topics in science that need to be explored deeper right now?
Hi Dr. Goodall,
My four year old loves reading. She asks what is your favorite book?
What would you say was the biggest highlight of your career?
What is the secret to your health? You are still so active at what most would consider an old age. Also, thank you for all your groundbreaking work to further science and benefit humanity!
Thank you for holding this AMA.
Is it true you were a fan of [this far side comic?](https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pinterest.com/amp/pin/233202086931582954/)
Sorry that it's not a great question. I couldn't think of anything else, and I've always kind of wondered about this.
What was the most surprising thing you found while studying the similarities between chimpanzees and humans?
Do you think there is a viable way to effect change in conservation without going into the field?
What do you think of the planet of the apes movies?