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Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall, speaking in 2014 Dame Jane Goodall (born 1934) is an English primatologist (an expert on primates). She is best known for her 45-year study of the lives of chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. (Gombe is north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake Tanganyika). In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute as part of an effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats in the wild. She also works on conservation and animal welfare issues.



Jane Goodall in 2007. She is pictured with the toy chimpanzee, called Jubilee, given to her by her parents when she was a child....Read More >>Jane Goodall in 2007. She is pictured with the toy chimpanzee, called Jubilee, given to her by her parents when she was a child. Her fondness for it began a lifelong love of animals.

Early life

Jane Goodall was born in London, UK, on 3rd April 1934. She was fascinated by animals from an early age, and just after her first birthday her father gave her a toy chimpanzee. Jane named the lifelike chimp Jubilee. She spent much of her childhood in Bournemouth, and loved to watch the birds and animals near her home, making notes and sketches. 

Jane Goodall witnessed what she called the "Gombe Chimpanzee War", lasting from 1974 to 1978. It was a violent conflict between two troops of chimps that had once been a single community, but which divided into northern and southern groups.

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