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Jane Goodall gets a Barbie doll in her likeness


British primatologist Jane Goodall has a Barbie in her likeness, fulfilling a long-held wish to have her own doll to inspire young girls.
Mattel Incorporated has unveiled the new Barbie, which the toymaker says is made from recycled plastic, as part of its “Inspiring Women series,” nodding to Goodall’s groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees and conservation efforts.
Dressed in a khaki shirt and shorts and holding a notebook, Goodall’s doll has a pair of binoculars around her neck and David Greybeard by her side, a replica of the first chimpanzee to trust the primatologist as she was conducting his research at Gombe National Park, in what is now Tanzania in East Africa.
“I wanted a doll to be me before that idea even came up. I’ve seen…little girls playing with Barbie dolls and certainly at first they were all very girly-girly and I thought little girls had need … a choice, Goodall told Reuters.
“Mattel has changed their line of dolls and there are all kinds of astronauts and doctors and things like that,” she said. “So many kids get to know me at school. They will be delighted to have the Barbie doll.
Goodall, 88, began his research in East Africa in 1960, observing that chimpanzees make tools, hunt and eat meat, and show compassion, among other traits.
Mattel said it will also partner with the Jane Goodall Institute and its Roots & Shoots youth service movement to help teach children about their impact on the environment.
“I see us at the mouth of a very long, very dark tunnel with a bright little star at the end and it’s not good to sit at the mouth of the tunnel and say ‘Oh, I hope that this star will come to us.’ Hope is a matter of action,” Goodall said.
“We … circumvent all these obstacles between us and the star, which are climate change, loss of biodiversity, poverty, unsustainable lifestyles, pollution, etc.,” she added.
“And as we go down the tunnel, we reach out to others because there are people working on each of these issues, but they so often work in silos.”