Jane Goodall

Gorillas Are at Risk

Like chimpanzees, gorillas are endangered. Dr. Goodall discusses some of the threats facing these magnificent creatures and how you can help save them.


A Birthday 'Thank You'

Jane sent this message of thanks to the 15,000 people who signed her 75th birthday card online and those who made gifts to support JGI's work.



Study Corner - Jane Timeline

April 3, 1934

  • Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall is born in London, England.

Fall, 1939

  • Jane hides for hours in henhouse to see how a hen lays an egg, unaware her family is frantically searching for her.

Christmas 1942

Jane's Favorites!

Jane’s Favorite Music


  • Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor
  • Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
  • Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
  • Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  • Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626
  • Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944
  • Strauss Waltzes


Study Corner - Gombe Timeline

July 14, 1960:

  • Jane and her mother Vanne arrive on the shores of Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in western Tanzania.

August, 1960:

Study Corner - FAQs


Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about Jane and her work. Click on a question to find the answer!

Study Corner - Biography

Jane Goodall loved animals even as a child. When she was just over one year old, her father gave her a toy chimpanzee, which she named Jubilee. She carried Jubilee with her everywhere. Today, more than 73 years later, Jubilee – now completely bald from so many hugs – sits on Jane’s dresser in England!

Early Days

Jane Goodall arrived in Africa, full of dreams. Even as a child, she’d dreamed of living among wild animals and writing about them.Tarzan and Dr. Dolittle were her favorite books, and she knew she’d be a much better jungle companion for Tarzan than that other Jane. African wildlife adventures were an unlikely calling for a little girl in the 1930s and 1940s.

Dr. Jane Goodall to Address Map World Forum


Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, will attend and lecture at the second biennial Map World Forum, a global conference of geospatial professionals. The upcoming event – scheduled for February 10-13, 2009 – will address various issues related to developing a sustainable planet using geospatial technologies.

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Saving Chimps From Snares (Graphic Images)!

This is the story of Mugu Moja, a young juvenile chimpanzee.