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.
Dr. Jane’s father’s name was Mortimer Herbert and her mother’s name was Margaret Myfanwe, but everyone called her Vanne.
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.
Dr. Jane was born in London, England, on April 3, 1934.
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 everyday 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.
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.
In her 2009 book Hope for Animals and Their World, Dr. Jane Goodall looks at species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction, including Nebraska’s famous sandhill cranes.