Jane Goodall

FAQs with Jane: What is the most exciting thing that happened while you were in Gombe?

Dr. Jane had some many exciting experiences in Gombe. She was thrilled the first time a group of chimpanzees let her observe them instead of running away in fear. She was also amazed when she saw a chimpanzee she called David Greybeard make and use a tool. In those days, it was thought that only humans made and used tools. In this video, Dr. Jane talks about some of the other exciting experiences she had while conducting her research in the forests of Gombe.

FAQs with Jane: Were you scared when you first went into the forest alone?

In 1960, when Dr. Jane first began studying chimpanzees in the forests of what is now known as Gombe National Park, she felt like she was at home. Famous anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey was looking for someone to observe wild chimpanzees’ behavior in order to better understand how humans evolved. After meeting Dr. Jane, Dr. Leakey decided that she was just the person to take on this study.

FAQs with Jane: What were your parents’ names?

Dr. Jane’s father’s name was Mortimer Herbert and her mother’s name was Margaret Myfanwe, but everyone called her Vanne.

FAQs with Jane: Do you have any siblings?

Dr. Jane has one sister named Judy who lives at their childhood home called, “The Birches.” Judy has two daughters and two grandsons. Between lecture tours, Dr. Jane returns to The Birches and enjoys spending time with her family and the company of the dogs who call The Birches home.

FAQs with Jane: Where did you grow up?

Dr. Jane grew up in Bournemouth, England. She moved from France to her grandmother’s house, The Birches, in Bournemouth when World War II began. Today, when Dr. Goodall is not on tour, she returns to The Birches where her sister Judy lives with her family.
 
For more information about Dr. Jane’s early life, please visit janegoodall.org/study-corner.

FAQs with Jane: Where were you born?

Dr. Jane was born in London, England, on April 3, 1934.

FAQs with Jane: What is the story behind the plush toy monkey you’re holding?

In this video, Dr. Jane talks about her mascot: a plush toy monkey named Mr. H. Over the years, Dr. Jane and Mr. H have visited more than 50 countries, and he has been shared with millions of people, including countless children! Dr. Jane tells the story behind Mr. H and the origin of his unusual name.
If you would like your own Mr. H Jr. plush toy — that looks just like the original Mr. H — please visit janegoodall.org/product/mr-h-jr.

FAQs with Jane: What can we do every day to make a difference for people, animals and the environment?

Dr. Jane says that the most important thing that each and every one of us can do every day is to think about the consequences of the choices that we make, and how those decisions can impact other people, animals and the environment.. In this video, Dr. Jane discusses some specific decisions we should consider.

FAQs with Jane: What can kids do to make a difference?

Dr. Jane hopes that young people all over the world will join Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots members in more than 130 countries working to improve the world for people, animals and the environment. If you are interested in learning more about Roots & Shoots and how you can get involved, please visit rootsandshoots.org.

Toronto, Canada: CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference

 

 
Apr 13 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m.

In her speech, Sowing the Seeds of Hope, Dr. Goodall, will bring her audience into the world of the Gombe chimpanzees―from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field.

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