Jane Goodall

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Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall was always fascinated with animals. She wanted people to understand that animals are living things just like humans. Her goal was to get a better understanding of animals, specially chimpanzees, and allow people to understand the effects of destroying their habitats.

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Jane Goodall

Motivation For Going Into Science


Science Philosophy


Support /Role Models


Jane Goodall was born in London, England on April 3,1934. During her early childhood Jane always had an interest in animals. She would observe every animal around her and take notes on what she observed about each animal (Biography,2015). She always wanted to study animals in Africa. Jane attended private school and at the age of 18 she left school to work at Oxford University. She also worked at a film company. She worked to save for her dream trip to Africa (Biography, 2015). Jane than met an anthropologist named James Leaky who hired Jane as a secretary. Jane and James both had a similar interest in the study of chimpanzees. Leaky believed Jane had the perfect demeanor and drive to create a relationship with the chimpanzees. James found funding for Jane and her mother to travel to Africa. In 1960, when Jane was 26, she traveled to Tanzania to study chimpanzees. (Goodall, 2009).

Jane Goodall’s philosophy was “hope for animals and their world (Urshel,2009). She believed that animals and people should have a relationship so that they could understand each other. Jane Goodall wanted people to see animals as living things and to realize how they impact animal’s homes. Specifically Jane Goodall wanted to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. She wanted people to understand what cutting trees and destroying animal’s homes did to these living things. Jane also wanted to find alternatives to making animals the subjects for research. Her philosophy is still being used today in the Jane Goodall Institute located in Virginia (Urshel, 2009).

During her time in Africa Jane made several discoveries. The first discovery was a daily feeding method which she named “banana club (Biography, 2015)”. Jane used this method to help establish a relationship and trust with the chimpanzees. During this method Jane would “imitate their behaviors, spent time in trees, and ate their food (Biography, 2015)”. Jane also named each chimpanzee instead of simply giving them a number. Another discovery Jane made was new chimpanzee behaviors that had not been researched previously. During her time in Africa Jane noticed that chimps have a language that contains twenty different noises (Biography, 2015). Chimpanzees also make tools and eat meat similar to humans proving the previous theory that chimpanzees were vegetarians false. One last discovery Jane made during her time in Africa was the caste system. She noted that the males were at the top and each male was ranked by performance. All of these discoveries were new and wouldn’t have been possible without the trusting relationship Jane established with the chimpanzees.


Jane Goodall looked to her mother as a role model. Her mother supported and encouraged her passion for animals. Her mother would actively explain to Jane diffrent observations she made and encouraged her research (NNDB, 2014).


Jane Goodall’s has achieved many accomplishments throughout her life. Goodall has written children’s books about the proper treatment of animals. In 1989 her children’s book titled The Chimpanzee Family Book won the Unicef/Unesco Children’s Book of the Year Award (Biography, 2015). She has also received many awards such as the Gold Medal of Conservation, medal of the Animal Welfare Institute and the National Geographic Society Centennial Awards. (Biography, 2015). Her research is also still being conducted by the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation in Connecticut (Biography, 2015).


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