Natalie Roberts

In the morning at Gombe, I am lulled awake by leaves rustling, waves lapping on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, birds singing, baboons grunting, and chimpanzees pant-hooting.  This beautiful revelation of life through sound reminds me how magical nature can be, and how diligently we must fight to protect it.  Conservation is a pressing issue that demands immediate attention.  If we do not become advocates for conservation, places like Gombe and all of the life within it will vanish.  As I look into the eyes of our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, I see much of myself.  I feel the deep connection between our species and I become conscious of the need to protect them. 

 

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