April 3, 1934
- Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall is born in London, England.
- Jane hides for hours in henhouse to see how a hen lays an egg, unaware her family is frantically searching for her.
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
Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about Jane and her work. Click on a question to find the answer!
Jane Goodall made lots of important scientific studies during more than 35 years at Gombe. The most surprising was this: Chimpanzees make their own tools!
One morning in November 1960, Jane spotted two chimps, David Graybeard and Goliath, squatting on a termite mound. As she watched, David picked up a small twig, stripped off the leaves, and poked this tool into a termite mound to get termites.
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!
"It is easy to be overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness as we look around the world. We are losing species at a terrible rate, the balance of nature is disturbed, and we are destroying our beautiful planet. We have fear about water supplies, where future energy will come from – and most recently the developed world has been mired in an economic crisis. But in spite of all this I do have hope. And my hope is based on four factors.
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.