Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall: Showing Us the Way to a Better World

Some of Jane’s most important discoveries, and her universal insights.

(Song: "Why Shouldn't We?" by Mary Chapin Carpenter)

Chimp Greeting

If you've ever seen Dr. Jane Goodall speak, you were probably welcomed with a treat. Dr. Goodall greets just about every audience in "chimpanzee."

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.

 

 

Chimpanzee Central

We know so much about chimpanzees today thanks to the hard work of animal researchers like Jane Goodall. But, essentially, chimps remain a mystery. Even Jane, who knows chimpanzees better than anyone just about anyone, has said she can only guess at what's going on inside a chimpanzee’s mind.

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!

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JGI News and Highlights

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Jane: A Snapshot

Watch this new video from National Geographic which highlights Dr. Goodall's life and legacy.

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Saving Chimps From Snares (Graphic Images)!

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