Jane Goodall Chimpanzee GeoBlog

Jane Goodall Gombe Chimpanzee Blog in Google EarthThe Jane Goodall Institutde has developed the Gombe Chimpanzee Blog which is dedicated to the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania, site of the longest-running field study of wild chimpanzee. The blog contains well written content and interesting social commentary on the life of the chimpanzees in the area. The content includes the human names and interpretations of the lives of these wild animals. What really makes it interesting, from a Google Earth perspective, is that you read the blog entries exclusively from within Google Earth. Each blog entry is contained within a placemark which shows the location of the blog entry’s subject matter. Here’s an example blog entry , you click on the placemark and read the blog entry. Links to further information and photographs are often provided.
There have been many blogs which have started geotagging (placemarking) their blog entries. But, this is the first site I have seen to dedicate their blog content to the Google Earth format. It would be nice if they would provide a network link showing the blog entries from say the previous month all at once. As it is now, you have to click on each blog entry to load each placemark one by one. But, the content is well worth reading and is updated regularly.
In the future, I expect there will be much more geoblogging which will use a combination of Google Earth, Google Maps and other geospatial tools. Ogle Earth wrote recently about a set of tools called Blojsam for the Mac which are designed to enable geo-blogging. I’m sure more tools like this will proliferate as the geospatial tools like Google Earth advance in capability and popularity.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Great find, thanks.

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