When I arrived at Gombe for the first time and when I had a baby.
Losing my mind.
When I was two, a dragonfly flew near me. A man knocked it to the ground and trod on it. I remember crying because I’d caused the dragonfly to be killed.
Muhammad Yunus, who started the Grameen Bank.
Lack of respect.
My first trip by boat to Africa at 23.
My mascot Mr H, a stuffed monkey that I have since 1994.
That I am getting older.
I played myself in Jane’s Journey.
A whisky every night.
I owe my mother everything because she supported my childhood dream.
In 1975, when my students were kidnapped by rebels, I was accused of hiding instead of trying to save them, and of not giving enough money for their ransom. I wasn’t believed.
Like the whole world is different, all the ordinary things become magical.
The ape-like, human-like creature that is the common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees.
The agricultural company Monsanto, because I know too much about GM organisms and crops.
Africa in the 17th century, when you could hardly see the water because of all the fish, there were millions of birds and the plains were covered with animals of all sorts.
Six years ago, at Gombe, I was climbing when a rock dislodged and came down on top of me. Together we rolled about three rolls down the slope and if I hadn’t been thrown aside, I would have died.
Writing In The Shadow Of Man, because people have said it changed the way they thought about animals.
Beethoven’s Ode To Joy.
As someone who helped to change attitudes towards animals.
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