Jane Goodall

by Issey from Nanjing

“Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.” - Jane Goodall

132541Jane Goodall with a stuffed chimpanzeeBy Jeekc - Self-published work by Jeekc, CC BY 2.5,

Valerie Jane Morris Goodall was born on April 3, 1934 in London, England. Her Dad is Morris-Goodall, a businessman, and her mom is Margaret Myfanwe Joseph, a writer who wrote novels under the name Vanne Morris-Goodall. When Jane was a child she was given a realistic chimpanzee toy named Jubilee by her dad. Her love for the toy started her love of animals. Today, the toy still sits in her closet in London. As she writes in her book, Reason For Hope: "My mother's friends were scared of Jubilee, thinking it would scare me and give me nightmares." But Jane Goodall loved Jubilee like it was the most delicate piece of gold on earth.

As a child Jane Goodall had many stuffed animals, but her favorite was Jubilee. Jane Goodall loved walking in the woods and talking to her toy animals when she was little. Sometimes she refused to pick flowers and sometimes even refused to walk on grass. As she grew older, she wrote about animals at home when she was bored. She was inspired by her mother Margaret and her grandmother Danny. She had a sister called Judy. Judy was younger than Jane Goodall, and Jane Goodall also loved her sister like gold. Jane Goodall’s whole family is Christian.

When she finished school, she studied about animals all the time. The animal she studied about the most was primates. She didn’t only study about primates, she also studied about nature. Nature was also one of her favorite subjects to study about. Jane Goodall started the Roots and Shoots and the Jane Goodall Institute. Roots and Shoots is about taking care of nature and treating it the right way. The Jane Goodall Institute tells you about Jane Goodall and tells you what she does and how she helps, and how she got so famous. Jane Goodall has a very strong heart for all animals and plants.

The start of Roots and Shoots was when she was about 11, she saw some boys crushing plants by standing on them or jumping on them. It was a very delicate-looking plant. So she got the idea of making an activity to plant plants, vegetables, fruits and flowers to try to change the world, and she succeeded. Many different schools have an after-school activity called Roots and Shoots, and many people enjoy it. Now Jane Goodall lives in Tanzania, helping the primates live and survive. She is 76 years old and her younger sister is 72 years old. Jane Goodall is married to a publisher.

Jane Goodall is a good hero for me because she cares for nature and primates. Most people don’t really care. I believe I could be just like her when I grow up, or maybe I could start now.

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