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FAQs with Jane: What can I do if I want to work with animals?

Dr. Jane talks about the best ways you can follow your dreams to work in whatever field you want. The most important thing she says is to pursue higher education, and to speak with people in the field and ask them to tell their story of how they pursued their own career. If you want to work with animals contact people in your community who work with animals such as veterinarians, staff at local animal shelters or zoos and ask them to tell you their story.

FAQs with Jane: What is the most interesting thing you learned about chimpanzees and from them?

The most interesting thing Dr. Jane learned about the chimpanzees is just how similar they are to humans biologically and behaviorally. In this video, Dr. Jane tells us how we are different from them.
 
Visit our chimpanzee page to learn more janegoodall.org/chimpanzees.

FAQs with Jane: Are you a vegetarian?

Dr. Jane is indeed a vegetarian. She became a vegetarian after reading about intensive farming, not knowing about what the animals actually went through. The next time she looked at a piece of meat, Dr. Jane thought, this symbolizes fear, pain and death.

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FAQs with Jane: What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Dr. Jane’s mother Vanne gave her the best piece of advice when she was young. When she wanted to go to Africa and everyone laughed at her, Dr. Jane’s mother would say, “If you really want something, you have to work hard, take advantage of opportunities, and never give up.”

FAQs with Jane: What is your favorite animal?

Dr. Jane’s favorite animal is a dog, although chimpanzees hold a special place in her heart.

FAQs with Jane: What is your favorite book?

Dr. Jane’s favorite book is “Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien because it takes her into an entirely different world.
 
Visit janegoodall.org/study-corner-reading-list for a list of Dr. Jane’s book recommendations.

FAQs with Jane: Do you hope your research continues at Gombe? Are there still things to learn?

Dr. Jane believes there is much more to learn about chimpanzees. She hopes the research at Gombe will continue for years to come and that with each passing year, it becomes more important because of all that we discover.
 
To learn more about the Gombe Stream Research Center, please visit janegoodall.org/programs/gombe-stream-research-center.

FAQs with Jane: Do the chimpanzees remember you when you come back to Gombe?

The older chimpanzees that Dr. Jane spent time observing remember her but the younger ones do not. Some studies of chimpanzees in captivity have shown that chimpanzees can remember people after 11 years.

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