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Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall was born in 1934 in London, UK and grew up in the south of England. Her love for chimpanzees started from the age of two when she was given a chimpanzee toy, and thus began a life-long relationship with chimpanzees. She dreamed of visiting Africa from a young age and it was later in Africa where she first met the anthropologist, Professor Louis Leaky. Three years later, Professor Leaky sent her alone to Gombe National Park in Tanzania to study chimpanzees.


At the time, Dr. Goodall only received enough funds to study these primates for 6 months, however she ended up dedicating more than half her life to researching and protecting chimpanzees. By 1960, she had accumulated a lot of valuable scientific data on chimpanzee behaviours, which served as an important basis for the future advancement of primate research. She also made a revolutionary discovery that chimpanzees understood how to create tools, work overtime, and plan ahead, which rewrote human perception of animal behaviour.


Through her research, Dr. Goodall became aware of the global scope of chimpanzee habitat reduction, poaching, and the illegal animal trade as well as countless other unpredictable threats to chimpanzee survival. These threats are signs of the global problem where humans and animals struggle to co-exist peacefully in the same environment. Dr. Goodall once said, "We must use my research on chimpanzees to help them in their struggle to survive".  In 1986, she published the book "The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behaviour" and was known as the world's foremost chimpanzee researcher.  In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute to support wildlife research and conservation. In 1991, she established Roots & Shoots with the goal of environmental education for students and to encourage them to care for animals, environment and their communities. Dr Goodall has utilized her academic strength and recognition to bring positive changes to the world.



Dr. Goodall's work outside of research has changed anthropology research and her love and perseverance has made her a leader in animal conservation. Throughout her research career, she has won many awards such the Encyclopaedia Britannica Award for Excellence on the Dissemination of Learning for the Benefit of Mankind. In April 2002, Dr Goodall became a United Nations messenger of peace.



History timeline of Dr. Jane Goodall 


  • 1934: Born in London, UK
  • 1960: Started Chimpanzee research in Gombe National Park, Tanzania
  • 1965: Obtained PhD in Ecology from the University of Cambridge
  • 1967: Started the Gombe Research centre for study of Chimpanzees and Baboons
  • 1977: Started the Jane Goodall research Institute, dedicated to wildlife research, conservation and public education.
  • 1987: Won the institute of Animal Rights and Pulitzer award
  • 1989: Won the Encyclopaedia Britannica Award for Excellence on the Dissemination of Learning for the Benefit of Mankind
  • 1991: Established Roots & Shoots to support environmental education for young people
  • 2002: Became an UN ambassador of peace
  • 2004: Was granted Damehood by the Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 2006: Received the 60th Anniversary Medal of the UNESCO


More information

Click on the pictures below for more information about Dr. Jane Goodall. 

Jane Goodall Is Still Wild At Heart
Letter to the Youth of Planet Earth
Guardians of the Elephants Video

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