Last week saw the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the chimpanzee enclosure at Monarto Zoo, which coincided with a visit to Adelaide by world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, who opened the enclosure back in 2008. This most recent visit was for the last stop in the Australian leg of her global Rewind the Future 2019 tour, which concluded in Adelaide. During the visit to Monarto, Jane Goodall spoke to a gathering of sponsors, volunteers, researchers and zoo staff at the chimpanzee enclosure, and then again over a vegetarian lunch catered by The Adelaide Oval, proudly sponsored by the Environment Institute.

Jane was the first to reveal the impending birth of a new baby chimpanzee, expected in the spring of this year, and visited the recently born baby chimp ‘Hope’, who she had also been asked to name. Over lunch she generously entertained the gathering with stories and anecdotes about her career studying Chimpanzees, and working for their protection and conservation. She revealed to the audience that despite now being aged 85, since 1986 she has “never in one place for more than three weeks at a time”, living a life constantly on the road to raise awareness for the plight of the remaining wild Chimpanzees, and campaigning for greater awareness of environmental issues. She talked at length about the advocacy and conservation work done by The Jane Goodall Institute, and the new youth program Roots & Shoots, and encouraged people to get involved with the good work these organizations are doing.

Demonstrating the kind of work that the Jane Goodall Institute has been doing, Jane’s parting story was of a chimp named Wounda. Wounda was injured by poachers before being rescued and saved by the worlds first Chimpanzee blood transfusion, performed by veterinary scientist Dr. Rebeca Atencia. After being rehabilitated Wounda was released onto an island sanctuary recently acquired by the Jane Goodall Institute, and although had never met Jane Goodall before, gave her a hug which Jane called “one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me.” [See video below]

There was hardly a dry eye in the house at the end of Jane’s talk. It was hard not to be encouraged by her message of hope, and inspired by her tireless commitment, passion and dedication to the natural world and its conservation. We wish Jane all the best for the rest of her tour, which see’s her next in New Zealand. If you would like to find out more about the work that Dr. Jane Goodall is doing along with the Jane Goodall Institute, or you would like to become involved in any way, please visit, and consider becoming a member, a volunteer or sponsor.

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As the world’s second largest economy, China is among the 12 mega-biodiverse countries in the world. Rapid urbanization and industrialization have brought severe threats to and increased pressure on the country’s biodiversity and ecosystem. Prof QIN Tianbao, China’s most prominent international environmental lawyer, will give a presentation regarding China’s role in global efforts to protect […]

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As Australians head to the polls in a few weeks, University of Adelaide experts are coming together in a free public forum, to provide insights on the feasibility, price, technology and pathways to achieve our emissions targets for 2050. ‘Meeting Australia’s Climate Change Targets: Price, Opportunity and Pathways’ is a joint initiative of the Environment […]

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University of Adelaide conservation biologist Dr. Jasmin Packer is working to find ways to conserve and promote bandicoot populations in the Mt Lofty Ranges. Dr. Packer was featured recently on the ABC’s Gardening Australia, to demonstrate some of the novel conservation work she’s been doing, building ‘Bandicoot Bungalows’ to provide better connectivity between habitat fragments. […]

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Sea snakes, best known from shallow tropical waters, have been recorded swimming at 250 metres in the deep-sea ‘twilight zone’, smashing the previous diving record of 133 metres held by sea snakes. Footage of a sea snake swimming at 245 metres deep, and another sea snake at 239 metres has been provided to University of […]

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Replanting urban environments with native flora could be a cost effective way to improve public health because it will help ‘rewild’ the environmental and human microbiota, University of Adelaide researchers say. In a new paper, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, researchers say that humans – thought of as ‘holobionts’, a symbiosis of host and microorganisms […]

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Did you catch this fantastic news for Professor Volker Hessel? Professor Hessel, who is also our newest Environment Institute member, along with a team of international researchers, has won a $16M EU grant to investigate the use of new kinds of plasma energy to revolutionize fertilizer production. Congratulations!

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In conjunction with the Australian Capital University (ANU), the Environment Institute hosted a very successful Climate Change Update 2019 Adelaide at the beginning of March. It attracted such a large audience, that it had to be moved into a different lecture theatre! The evening included guest presenter Hon Mark Butler, MP, Shadow Minister for Climate […]

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Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa. Led by the University of Adelaide, the research in the journal Diversity showed that among the closest living relatives of the […]

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New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators. An international study led by the University of Adelaide shows that several species of Australian sea snakes can sense light on their tail skin, prompting them to withdraw their tails under shelter. The study […]

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