Jane Goodall

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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Dr. Jane Visits Capitol Hill


Dr. Jane Goodall spent two days in March on Capitol Hill discussing with federal policymakers the need to better coordinate international conservation and foreign assistance to developing countries.

Jane Goodall Receives Glamour 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award

Glamour magazine honored Jane Goodall at its 19th Annual Women of the Year Awards, along with nine other exceptional winners, who were celebrated for their extraordinary contributions to science, politics, entertainment, business, sports and fashion. The awards ceremony took place on Monday, November 10 at a packed Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Jane Goodall joins call for immediate action to curb deforestation

 During the Clinton Global Initiative earlier this week, Jane Goodall furthered JGI's efforts to combat climate change by signing the Forests NOW Declaration, which calls on world governments to take urgent action on deforestation.

The Declaration, which will be delivered to world leaders attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali this December, calls for incentives, assistance, and other forest protection measures to be included in any carbon market mechanisms adopted at the convention.

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