CARDBOARD/VIEWER         TOUR JANE'S HOME         MEET CHIMPANZEES         GOMBE ECOSYSTEM         RESEARCH CENTER         EXPLORE YOUR "STREET"

GOOGLE CARDBOARD & DODOCASE VR POPUP VIEWER INSTRUCTIONS

Have a Google Cardboard or Dodocase VR Popup Viewer?

Click the images below for the activity guide and the accompanying map or, see assembly instructions.

  
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TAKE A TOUR OF WHERE DR. JANE LIVES WHEN SHE'S AT GOMBE

CLICK HERE TO TOUR DR. JANE'S GOMBE HOME

Did you know that when Dr. Jane first came to Gombe National Park to observe chimpanzees, her mother, Vanne, was with her? 

At first, the chimpanzees fled whenever they saw Jane. But she persisted, watching from a distance with binoculars, and gradually the chimpanzees allowed her closer. One day in November 1960 she saw chimpanzees David Greybeard and Goliath strip leaves off twigs to make tools for fishing termites out of a termite mound. Up until this time, scientists thought humans were the only species to make tools, but here was evidence to the contrary!

One key to success for Dr. Jane while she was at Gombe was her ability to be a keen observer. Although most people will not have the opportunity to observe wild chimpanzees, students need to be sharp observers because careful observations are the foundation of scientific inquiry - what we observe determines the questions we ask.

  • Examine a stainless steel soup spoon and describe the difference in the reflections of the inner and outer side of the curved surfaces. Did you notice this before?
  • Select an object and describe it using as many of your senses as possible and then share your description of it and see if another person can guess what it is. Be sure not to mention the name of your object in the description.
  • Find and carefully observe a natural object in your environment from at least three different perspectives (e.g. up close, a few feet away, etc.). Write down three observations from each perspective and hypotheses for what you see. Discuss how the observations were affected by perspective and how the explanations changed with the addition of information.
  • Now that you’ve practiced your observation skills, what are some of the things you notice about Dr. Jane’s Gombe home?
  • How do your observation skills measure up to Dr. Jane’s?

    Check out this image of one of Dr. Jane’s early field notes!

                                                                          

 

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MEET SOME OF THE GOMBE CHIMPANZEES
Over 100 chimpanzees live in Gombe, in three separate social groups or communities. Click here to meet some of the Gombe chimpanzees.
Google the chimpanzee climbing a tree

Thanks to National Geographic and other television specials about Jane, Jane’s books about the Gombe chimpanzees, and countless writings about her life and work, Gombe’s chimpanzees are known the world over. The most familiar to the public are the “F” family, a family line headed by the old matriarch Flo, who upon her death was the subject of an obituary in the Sunday Times. 

In more recent years the world has come to know a pair who may be unique in the natural world – the chimpanzee twins Golden and Glitter. Twin chimpanzees generally don’t survive in the wild, but Golden & Glitter had the advantage of a doting older sister, Gaia, who helped her mother Gremlin raise the two girls. 

THE GOMBE ECOSYSTEM

Explore the Gombe Ecosystem! 

 

Chimpanzees are currently found in 21 African countries—from the west coast of the continent to as far east as western Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

Gombe is the smallest national park in Tanzania, but it hosts a wide array of wildlife such as: olive baboons, red-tailed moneys, vervet monkeys, over 200 bird species, bushpigs and the occasional hippopotamus and leopard. Running along the shores of Lake Tanganyika the park has three main habitat types: grassland, alpine bamboo and tropical rainforest. Use Google Street View to tour an upper ridge grassland with Miombo Woodlands within the park.

"VISIT" THE GOMBE STREAM RESEARCH CENTER

"Visit" the Gombe Stream Research Center!

The Gombe Stream Research Center was founded in 1965 to support Dr. Jane’s chimpanzee research and it acts as a living laboratory. Home to the world’s most studied group of wild chimpanzees, Gombe’s chimpanzees are followed daily by JGI’s staff of Tanzanian researchers; their field notes further our understanding of chimpanzee diet, range use, intergroup aggression, health, and other areas of interest. The Center also hosts a regular stream of visiting researchers who conduct both basic and applied research, exploring areas such as relationships between fathers and offspring or female social status and range use. 

    • These checksheets (above!) are still used as part of the research program at Gombe, which is the world’s longest running study of great apes.
    • Check out the Gombe Research blog hosted by the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center at Duke University. Please note that some blog content may not be appropriate for young children. 
    • Jane’s Peak is one of Dr. Jane’s most special places at Gombe. This is where she watched David Greybeard make and use tools for the first time. She returns every time she visits.

    ​​Now you can tour the Peak and see the amazing views of Gombe and
    Lake Tanganyika as if you too were sitting on top of Jane’s Peak.
     


    Hugo van Lawick

    EXPLORE YOUR "STREET"

    Gombe National Park might be far away, but you can use Google Street View to explore your community. When you move on to Step 2: Map It, the first activity is to observe the community around you, but what if you can’t get outside to walk around? Street View can be a great way to bring the outside in!

    • Go to maps.google.com and type in a starting address or location.
    • Click on the picture that appears beneath the address to enter Street View. Or you can also click on the yellow pegman in the lower right corner and drag and drop him on the map.
    • Look at the area with your observer’s hat on:
      • What do you see?
      • Is it what you expected? If not, how does it look different through this lens?
      • Can you tell what season it is?
      • Are there people or animals in your streetview?
      • What nature do you see in your streetview?

    And if you and your learners are able to go outside discuss the comparisons between what see in reality versus on the screen. 


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