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Jane Goodall

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When Jane Goodall was seven, she became fascinated with animals after reading the children’s books, Doctor Dolittle, a story about a doctor who travels to Africa and learns to talk to animals, and Tarzan (She thought she'd be a better companion than that other Jane). She decided then that she must go to Africa someday. She began reading every book about animals and Africa she could find.

Jane GoodallBorn: April 3, 1934Occupation: Primatologist and Anthropologist

The distinction between man and ape was becoming blurry, and Jane worked hard to understand them, viewing chimps as individuals with personalities, minds and emotions (which other scientists didn’t always agree with. Through the decades, the Gombe Stream Research Center, where Jane was working, grew. Jane and fellow researchers continued to look at the chimpanzees’ behavior. Her book The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior, was published in 1986. Scientists became alarmed at how widespread and urgent were the threats facing wild chimps.

Jane Goodall observed many interesting things while with the chimpanzees, including one eating meat (Chimps were thought to be vegetarians), and using tools, like a long flexible probe/stick to fish termites out of their nests. Up until that point, anthropologists saw tool-making as a defining trait of mankind.

In July 1960, Jane Goodall (age 26) traveled to Tanzania. There she met Louis Leakey, a famous scientist. He hired her as an assistant and asked Jane to help with a study of a group of wild chimpanzees living on a lakeshore in Tanzania. She had nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which Jane started with a group of Tanzania students in 1991, is today the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program for young people from preschool through university with nearly 150,000 members in more than 120 countries.

For more info visit:www.janegoodall.org/

The Beginning

What kid of science interests you? What kind of scientist would you be?

Primateologist: an anthropologist, or scientist, who studies primates (monkeys, apes, etc.)Activist: A person who strongly believes a problem needs to be fixed, so they dedicate a lot od time to remedy the issue.

Jane Goodall has spent over 40 years studying the chimpanzees. She has worked to preserve and understand chimpanzees, and her work has helped bring awareness to the conservation of chimps to millions of people.

TERMS TO KNOW:Conservation: The protection, preservation, management, or restoration of wildlife and of natural resources. Endangered: exposed to harm or danger; threatened with extinction.

What do you think we can do to help conserve our environments and protect endangered animals?

Living with Chimps

African wildlife adventures were an unlikely calling for a little girl in the 1930s and 1940s, but Jane’s mother always encouraged her: “You can do whatever you set your mind to.”

Thanks to Jane, we understand chimps much better now. They are more like us than we ever imagined. But now we must help save them. Jane had gone from scientist, to activist, determined to save the amazing creatures who she knew so well.

Resources: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/photos/women-scientists-explorers-pioneers/#/womens-history-leaky_15802_600x450.jpg ,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKyrLFyOi04 , http://www.janegoodall.org/


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