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Jane Goodall documentary premieres at afternoon of “Musical Biodiversity”

Dr. Jane Goodall, famous for her research on chimpanzees in Africa and her efforts in conservation, is the special guest at a unique activity on Sunday, November 13 at the City of Knowledge. Panama Jazz Productions, organizers of the Panama Jazz Festival, and Earth Train, a non profit conservation initiative, are presenting ‘An Afternoon of Musical Biodiversity’ which will feature the Latin American premier of Dr. Goodall’s new documentary “Jane’s Journey” narrated by American actress Angelina Jolie.

This event will be the closing act of the first incursion that Dr. Goodall’s organization Roots and Shoots has in Latin America. Her efforts have been combined with those of Nathan Gray’s Earth Train foundation and its Valle Mamoní Reserve to the east of Panama City, where Jane has been meeting with other conservationists.

Dr. Jane Goodall in AfricaDr. Jane Goodall in Africa.

Mother of the eco-movement

Dr. Goodall is considered to have sparked the ecological movement, starting in the 1960’s when it is said that she changed the way we view our role in the environment and the animal world through her demonstration that chimps posses characteristics that were until then only considered to be human.

Event Schedule

The documentary “Jane’s Journey”, directed by Lorenz Knauer, will make its Latin American premier Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the large Ateneo Theater in the City of Knowledge, located in the former Canal Zone across from the Miraflores Locks and Panama Canal Visitor Center.

Ticket information

Tickets are for sale at Blockbuster locations for $25. Tickets for children under 12 cost $5. Seating is first come, first served.

The film is narrated by Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan and Kofi Annan. At 6:00 p.m. Dr. Goodall will make a presentation to the audience and then a concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. The musical section will feature Matt Marvuglio, Marco Pignataro and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. The musical presentation, entitled “Musical Biodiversity” will include a performance made featuring the first profesional flute ever made of 100% recycled material.

Panama Jazz Festival founder and organizer of the event through his company Panama Jazz Productions, Danilo Pérez, says this will be an unprecidented event, where music is used as a tool for ecological restoration.

“Greentreprenuers” say: Save Our Jungle!

reforestation effort invites people to contribute to the reforestation effort.

An initiative called Save Our Jungle is taking the quick route to greenhood. is employing some good old fashioned capitalism to their efforts in order to preserve one of the world’s most endangered eco-systems. Located in the Torio Valley of the western Azuero Peninsula this area is burdened by ongoing ecological threats including logging, road construction, mining, burning, urbanization, poor farming practices, widespread grazing and farming on steep slopes and industrial growth.

“Save Our Jungle is raising funds through private donations to acquire land and create a private reserve for conservation and education,” says a representative.

Their goal is preserve this bio-corridor which links between the Forestal Montuoso to the north and Parque Nacional Cerro Hoya to the south. Between them, lie dozens of properties, called fincas. And many of them are threatening to cut off these interdependent ecosystems. Mining concessions loom in these lands.

Panama Jungle Facts

  • 40% of Panama was covered by primary forest at the beginning of this century.
  • 50 years ago, primary forest covered 70% of the country
  • In the last half of the 20th century Panama lost half of its remaining forests —about 5.4 million acres.
  • The provinces of Los Santos and Herrera on the AzueroPeninsula are almost entirely deforested and some parts are classified as desert.
  • Panama had the 9th worst deforestation rate of primary forests between 2000 and 2005.
  • Panama loses more than 1% of its primary forest each year.

The beauty of the project lies in that its mission is to begin preservation, without reinventing the wheel. Certainly, this group of investors will receive a green ticket from Nathan Gray’s Earth Train foundation upon donating the valley to his reforestation efforts, at the same time they will share this experience of caring for nature with tens of thousands of users through several platforms of new media.

The Torio Reserve will be donated to Earth Train and provides a further platform for Earth Train to expand their programs in Panama for fostering leadershipfor a new generation. Earth Train’s principal effort in Panama has been founding the 10,000 acre Mamoni Valley Preserve and training future environmental leaders and guides. Visit

The Torio Reserve is located in Río Zumbón community, corregimiento of Quebro, district of Mariato, province of Veraguas, Republic of Panama.

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