Jane Goodall was born in 1934 in London, England. When she was a child, her father gave her a chimpanzee toy named Jubilee, which is still with her today. Her fondness for the toy started her early love of animals.
Goodall’s fascination for animals and Africa led to her visiting a friend in the Kenya highlands in 1957. Her friend suggested that she contact Louis Leakey, a Kenyan archaeologist and palaeontologist, to discuss animals. Leakey at this time was considering possible similarities between existing great apes and the behaviour of early hominids. He initially proposed that Goodall work for him as a secretary, but eventually sent Goodall to Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, where Goodall learned of his real plans for her to become a chimpanzee researcher.
In 1958, Leakey sent Goodall to London to study primate behaviour with Osman Hill and primate anatomy with John Napier. A few years later, Leakey raised funds to send Goodall to Gombe Stream National Park to study the primates. She was accompanied by her mother.
Leakey arranged for more funding and in 1962, he sent Goodall to Cambridge University where she obtained a PhD degree in ethology. (She became only the eighth person to be allowed to study for a PhD there without an undergraduate degree.) Her thesis was completed in 1965, titled “Behaviour of the Free-Ranging Chimpanzee”, detailing her first five years of study at the Gombe Reserve.
Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Jane Goodall has studied wild chimpanzees for 55 years in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues.
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