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  • Gombe National Park, Tanzania

  • With words and narration by Jane Goodall

  • I remember I was struck by the harmony of color in the forest

  • Shades of yellow and green

  • Deepening to the browns and purples

  • And the way the vines curled up through the trees

  • Clinging to twigs and branches

  • The gentle breeze rustled the leaves so that the shining stars of light gleamed and winked

  • I was keenly aware of secret movements in the trees

  • I looked into his large and lustrous eyes

  • They seemed somehow to express his entire personality

  • His serene self-assurance

  • What an amazing privilege it was

  • To be utterly accepted thus by a wild, free animal

  • I lay there part of the forest

  • And experienced again that magical enhancement of sound

  • That added richness of perception

  • I was awed by the beauty

  • And I found myself thinking, this is where I belong

  • Together the chimpanzees and the baboons and the monkeys

  • The birds and insects

  • The teeming life of the the vibrant forest

  • The stirrings of the never still waters of the great lake

  • Formed one whole

  • All one

  • Hello Gombe.

  • Hello world.

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  • Audio read by Jane Goodall from Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey by Jane Goodall with Phillip Berman Copyright © 1999 by Soko Publications Ltd. and Phillip Berman. Used by permission of Hachette Audio. All rights reserved worldwide.

Gombe National Park, Tanzania

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