Home > Lifestyle > Environmental Health > News Updated 08 March 2014 Jane Goodall shows us how to be 80 The world famous primatologist and UN Ambassador of Peace, going strong in her 80th year, was in Cape Town recently. 2 Goodall and her toy monkey travelling companion in Cape Town this week. Photo: Olivia Rose-Innes ~ Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto Jane Goodall makes one feel ashamed of oneself. Not in a pathetic, sorry-for-myself way, but in a right-it's-high-time-I-pulled-myself-together way. She's one of those extraordinary octogenarians (she'll be 80 in April) who, in a society terrified of aging, makes having reached this milestone seem, well, cool.It also makes whinging about not being 20 anymore, and throwing up one's hands at the state of the world instead of doing something about it (as many of us younger adults are wont to do), simply not acceptable.Goodall has clearly never considered doing anything of the kind. From the time she first made her way to Africa as a young woman (she went, she reminded journalists at a press briefing in Cape Town yesterday, not as a funded degreed scientist, but by waitressing to earn the fare), she doesn't appear to have ever paused, or ever given up. If Goodall had solely been a primatologist and anthropologist, she would have secured her name in the history of science for her groundbreaking work on chimpanzee behaviour. But her role has expanded to that of one of the world's most revered and enduring champions of the environment.Since 1991, when she flew over her beloved Gombi Reserve in Tanzania and saw the creeping patches of "completely bare" hills, she has been a tireless environmental activist, not pausing for more than three weeks in any one place in the world.Still now at her advanced age, she travels 300 days a year. She does it, she says jokingly, because she has her stuffed monkey, "Mr H" as her constant travelling companion, and also by being "obstinate" and "taking one day at a time". "I don't want to hear about what's planned for my schedule tomorrow - I always say, let me focus on today."Dr Goodall gave the Vice-Chancellor’s 2014 Open Lecture, hosted by the University of Cape Town. The talk was titled “The Life and Times of Dr Jane Goodall – in celebration of her 80th year”.Read more: Are you scared of old people? - Olivia Rose-Innes Olivia Rose-Innes is Health24’s EnviroHealth Editor. Read more of her columns and articles or post a question to her expert forum. NEXT ON HEALTH24X Need motivation? Joel Stransky stood on the podium at the Cape Epic, a year after being in ICU 2018-04-12 10:30 More: Environmental HealthNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 2 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News Former Banyana midfielder Makhosi Luthuli on her struggle with Lymphoma Medical 4 foods that can improve your hearing Lifestyle PSA: You can now track your periods using your Fitbit Fitness How to burn more kilojoules at the gym — without doing any extra exercise Lifestyle ‘I have endometriosis – but nobody understands it’ Lifestyle Obesity in the workplace: What role should your employer be playing? From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Colds & Flu » Stop believing these 9 flu myths Why the flu makes you feel so miserable 10 ways to avoid being ‘patient zero’ in the office Do not be that sniffling co-worker in the office, infecting everyone around them. Coffee & Your Health » SEE: The dangers lurking in your cup of coffee Can coffee really make you live longer? Does coffee cause cancer? Some argue your coffee should come with sugar, cream – and a cancer warning.