Jane Goodall says she is ‘fascinated’ by Bigfoot

This really isn’t news to anyone who is interested in Bigfoot, but it’s good that this is being put out there again.

Jane Goodall expresses her belief in Bigfoot Sasquatch Yeti
Jane Goodall: Bigfoot believer

Bigfoot hunters just got a new champion: chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall.

The Cambridge-educated Ph.D. — long considered one of the world’s leading chimpanzee experts — says that she is “fascinated” by the legendary beast.

“I’m not going to flat-out deny its existence,” she told the Huffington Post after a bout of laughter at a fundraiser in La Jolla, Calif. “I’m fascinated and would actually love them to exist.

“Of course, it’s strange that there has never been a single authentic hide or hair of the Bigfoot, but I’ve read all the accounts,” she said.

This isn’t the first time 78-year-old Goodall has publicly admitted to her belief in large, ape-like creatures such as the Yeti, Sasquatch or Bigfoot.

“I’m sure that they exist,” she told an NPR reporter in an interview several years ago.

At the time, she confirmed that she has always believed in the existence of these creatures.

“Well, I’m a romantic so I always wanted that,” she said.

The scientist and activist has spent her fair share of time with apes: in the early 1960s, her research in Africa showed that chimpanzees could use tools, were not vegetarian, and had distinct personalities. This challenged most scientific assumptions about chimps at the time.

Goodall was in La Jolla at a benefit for the Jane Goodall Institute, an organization aimed at caring for both humans and apes around the world.

Even though chimpanzees might appear frequently in movies and on TV all the time, Goodall said the animals are “very, very” endangered.

When she was working in Africa decades ago, Goodall said there were several million chimpanzees, but now there are only 300,000 spread out over 21 nations.

This reduction has come from habitat loss, logging, and hunting for bush meat.

If the fact that chimps are endangered seems surprising, it is because people have getting the wrong message about chimpanzees from Hollywood and other outlets for a long time, Goodall said.

To improve the lives of chimpanzees, the lives of the people who live near them need to be improved, she said.

On Oct. 9, Animal Planet will air a special about the life of the esteemed researcher called “Jane’s Journey.” The program will track Goodall’s life from her birth in England, to her research in Africa, and to her advocacy work across the globe.

I think for many people who don’t really follow cryptozoology, it’s easy to dismiss Bigfoot, believing all the witnesses to be drunken hillbillies. Stories like this just go to show that there are many well-respected and educated scientists out there who believe in the possibility of Bigfoot, like Loren Coleman, Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, and the late Grover Krantz.

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3 comments on “Jane Goodall says she is ‘fascinated’ by Bigfoot

  1. Wishing and/or wanting it to be true is a far cry from “believing it to be true”.
    I agree with Dr. Jane that its very strange that with all the hype and trekkers/hunters/squatchers now out there that not a single authentic hair, hide or scat has been found.
    “possible” is also very different from “probable”. How much $$ has Dr Jane or her JGI tossed at investigating Bigfoot ( despite her love of the IDEA of it existing, of her wishing it to be true?), ZERO. IMO that speaks volumes.
    Show me some or even ANY physical proof and Ill start to believe too. Till then, this scientist thinks its an amusing hobby to have….

  2. @Finette Russak I think you’re missing the bigger picture here. Nobody ever said she believed it to be true. The problem is that there are so very few actual scientists looking for Bigfoot. Amateur Bigfoot hunters are not going to find proof of anything. They will contaminate DNA. Ultimately, if Bigfoot exists, it will only be discovered and confirmed by actual legitimate scientists, not people who wear camo and fancy themselves wildlife experts. The fact that a recognized and respected scientist is not simply dismissing them outright as so many do is encouraging. The worst enemy of science is the turning of a blind eye.

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