And Goodall is genuinely hopeful about the advances that technology will bring to her field. When she saw teens texting and tweeting all around her at the People's Climate March last September in New York City, her first thought was that it was a gift to be able to gather so many people - so quickly - with the push of a button. At one point, she stared up into the light above her, spread her hands, and in a low octave, referenced "the cloud."
Goodall has a couple of faithful friends who accompany her on her travels. She now carries (along with a stuffed chimp named Mr. H who's visited 60 countries with Goodall) a stuffed cow, meant to symbolize her newly-discovered campaign against factory farms.
"Agribusiness is one of the horrors being inflicted on this planet," she told the crowd in Brooklyn, adding that she's become a vegetarian in recent years after reading about intensive farming, and urges others to do the same.
Goodall spends the majority of her time thinking about some of the world's greatest problems: factory farming, biodiversity loss, climate change, poverty. But clutching Mr. H in her folded arms, and wrapped in a maroon shawl, her eyes shining as she recalls her days living among chimps in Gombe, it seems the spirit of the little girl with a handful of earthworms never entirely left. And she hasn't forgotten the first group of chimpanzees she met, who now have a whole list of grandchildren living in the same forest.