My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane GoodallInspired by a stuffed toy, Jane Goodall became the first woman to study chips in the wild and in the process made history.
As a child, Jane Goodall was given a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee, and she has said her fondness for this figure started her early love of animals. While others thought Jane would be terrified by the toy, she adored it and it inspired a life-long love of animals in her.
Jane dreamed of a life spent working with animals, and when she was twenty-six years old, she ventured into the forests of Africa to observe chimpanzees in the wild. During her expeditions she braved many dangers and she got to know an amazing group of wild chimpanzees—intelligent animals whose lives, in work and play and family relationships, bear a surprising resemblance to our own. Through her work at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania and her own Roots and Shoots program she has become a tireless advocate for animals and the planet.
As for that stuffed toy, Jubilee still sits on Goodall’s dresser in London.
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Toggle navigation. She is the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees and is best known for her year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. She has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. Her parents gave her a stuffed chimpanzee they named Jubilee when she was a child and it started a life-long love of animals. She still has the toy on her dresser. Because of her love of animals and Africa, in she visited a friend in the Kenya highlands and decided to stay.
Topics: Science. Yet, not only did Goodall make lasting contributions to science and environmentalism, she led a fascinating life. Learn ten interesting facts about Jane Goodall below:.
Jane Goodall left school at age In she earned a Ph. Through her research, Jane Goodall was able to correct a number of misunderstandings about chimpanzees. She found, for example, that the animals are omnivorous , not vegetarian; that they are capable of making and using tools; and that they have complex and highly developed social behaviours. Goodall, who was interested in animal behaviour from an early age, left school at age She worked as a secretary and as a film production assistant until she gained passage to Africa. Once there, Goodall began assisting paleontologist and anthropologist Louis Leakey.
Humans and chimpanzees share 95 to 98 percent of the same DNA. Biologically, chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than they are to gorillas. Chimpanzees and other species, including some types of birds, make and use tools. For a long time, scientists thought human beings were the only ones who made tools. Chimpanzees use more tools for more purposes than any other creatures except humans. A female chimp named Washoe knew more than signs.
Adapting to endure humanity's impact on the world. Her unorthodox research showed us that chimpanzees are far more human than we thought. Brittney Borowiec. Nearly 60 years ago, a spirited young Englishwoman trekked through the rainforest of Tanzania. A dark figure, hunched over a termite nest, caught her bright, curious eyes.