Jane Goodall

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

Classical

  • 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

Contemporary

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 - Scientific Discoveries

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.

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!

Jane's Reasons for Hope

"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.

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.

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