Personal Information
  • Born April 3, 1934 in London.
  • July 1960 arrived at Gombe National Park in Tanzania to study the chimpanzees.
  • October 1960, observed a chimpanzee using and making tools.
  • 1996 received Caring Award and Sigma Xi's 1996 William Proctor Prize for Scientific Achievement.
  • 1995, she received the National Geographic Society's prestigious Hubbard Medal "for her extraordinary study of wild chimpanzees and for tirelessly defending the natural world we share."
  • Only non-Tanzanian to have received the Medal of Tanzania.
Jane recalls, "I have been interested in animals since before I can remember. When I was four years old, I stayed on a farm where I helped to collect hen's eggs. I became puzzled and asked those around me, 'Where is the hole big enough for the eggs to come out? When no one answered to my satisfaction, I hid in a smal, stuffy hen house for some four hours to find out. When my mother saw me rushing toward the house, she noticed my excitement. Instead of scolding me for disappearing for so long (the family had even called the police!), she sat down and listened to me tell the wonderful story of how a hen lays an egg."
Books Jane Goodall Institute
Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey, Warner Books, incorportated, 2000.
In 1977, Jane founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. Today, the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute is to advance the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things.

More information on the institute can be found at The Jane Goodall Institute.

The Chimpanzees and Me: Saving Their World and Ours, Scholastic, Inc., 2001. Roots & Shoots
The Roots & Shoots program began in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1991. Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute's international evnironmental and humanitarian program for young people. Its mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for the environment, animals and the human community. All Roots & Shoots members, from pre-K to university, demonstrate their care and concern for living things through service projects in their communities. For more information on how to get involved in the National Organization of Roots & Shoots visit Roots & Shoots Website. For the Stetson University Chapter visit Stetson Roots & Shoots Website.
Jane Goodall: With Love (illustrated by Alan Marks). New York: North-South Books, 1994.
Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
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