Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall
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  • Jane Goodall was born on April 3rd, 1934.  She lived with her mom, her dad, and her sister Judy, and grew up in London and Bournemouth, England. 
  • Jane was fascinated by animal behavior in early childhood, and dreamed of traveling to Africa to observe exotic animals in their natural habitats.  For education, she went to the Uplands Private School.
  • I wish I could travel to Africa to observe exotic animals in their natural habitats someday.
  • In 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled to the forest of Gombe, in Tanzania, to observe chimpanzees.  She found out that not only that they have their own individual personalites, but they also eat meat, and make and use their own tools!  Jane also discovered that chimpanzees throw stones as weapons, use touch and embraces to comfort one another, develop long-term family bonds, and also have a primitive language system containing more than 20 individual sounds!
  • I made many interesting discoveries about chimpanzees!
  • Jane Goodall is best known for conducting a forty-five year study on chimpanzee social and family life at the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania and making many important discoveries.
  • Jane's discoveries have changed history because they all show that chimpanzees aren’t very different from humans, and they are very intelligent and have many of the same skills that we have.  For example, people used to think that humans were the only species who could make and use tools, until Jane discovered that chimps do too.  We also believed that chimps were vegetarians, but they hunt for food, and eat lots of meat too.
  • Chimpanzees are more similar to humans than we thought!
  • She is still living today, at age 83, and has established the Jane Goodall Institute, which is an organization that works to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.  Jane Goodall now devotes all of her time to protecting chimpanzees and the environment, and travels nearly 300 days a year!
  • We need to protect chimpanzees and their habitats!
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