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Jane Goodall

by Fiona, Jessica, and Julian


Jane Goodall was born in London, England, on April 3, 1934, and grew up in Bournemouth on the southern coast of England. As a schoolgirl, Jane Goodall's first dream of going to Africa was when she fell "madly in love" with Tarzan!


Jane Goodall is a British ethologist and authority on wild chimpanzees. Jane worked in Africa for the British anthropologist Louis S. Leakey, at whose suggestion she set up a camp in the Gombe Stream Chimpanzees Reserve on Lake Tanganyika.

Today, Jane Goodall is a famous naturalist who spends most of her time traveling around the world, lecturing on her experiments at Gombe and speaking to school groups.

Jane Goodall said, "Chimpanzees have given me so much. The long hours I spent with them in the forest have enriched my life beyond measure. What I have learned from them has shaped my understandings of human behavior, of our place in nature."


If you would like to purchase a copy of the Jane Goodall "Thank You" poster (above) please visit The Jane Goodall Institute.


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Julian from Los Angeles wrote:
Dr. Shirley McGreal of the International Primate Protection League in Summerville, SC has devoted her life to saving and caring for Gibbons and other primates who have been discarded by medical laboratories, illegally trafficked primates (many of whom lost their mothers and fathers to poachers, and abused primates that were purchased by unenlightened individuals who wanted a primate as a pet. She has put her own life on the line many times to save these friends of the animal kingdom. She is my hero!!!

For more information about Dr. Shirley McGreal, visit the International Primate Protection League


Mural of Jane Goodall by The Art Miles Mural Project

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In October, 2001, Jane Goodall spoke before a group of teachers at the Wisconsin Education Association Council. She encouraged them "to join her in spreading environmental awareness, and not to let that effort be overwhelmed by the events of September 11th and their aftermath..."

She (also) encouraged the teachers to join Roots and Shoots, small groups of young people who adopt projects showing concern for the environment, animals and their communities." AP source