Jane Goodall

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Jane Goodall

Born

4/3/1934, London, England

Birth Name

Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Dr. Jane Goodall, Dame Jane Goodall
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Jane Goodall is the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees, having closely observed their behavior for the past quarter century in the jungles of the Gombe Game Reserve in Africa, living in the chimps' environment and gaining their confidence.

Her observations and discoveries are internationally heralded. Her…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 2007, Jane Goodall created the Global Leadership Awards, they honour the efforts of individuals and organizations that make a positive difference on behalf of all living things.

    • Jane Goodall was inducted by the then French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin as an Officer of the French Légion d'honneur, in January 2006. In a separate ceremony in Paris in the same week, she received the UNESCO 60th Anniversary Medal.

    • Jane Goodall was awarded a DBE (Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the environment and conservation.

    • The Jane Goodall Reclamation Trail was created by the city of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada in 2002 to highlight some of the city's efforts to rehabilitate environmental damage from the local mining industry.

    • Jane Goodall, along with Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas is one of 'Leakey's Angels' named after Professor Louise Leakey who sent each of them to study primates in the wild.

    • Jane Goodall's son Hugo Eric Louis Van Lawick was affectionately nicknamed 'Grub' and was the subject of Jane's first children's book Grub: The Bush Baby published in 1972.

    • In 1996 Jane Goodall was awarded The Zoological Society of London Silver Medal; The Tanzanian Kilimanjaro Medal; The Primate Society of Great Britain Conservation Award; The Caring Institute Award; The Polar Bear Award and the William Proctor Prize for Scientific Achievement.

    • Jane Goodall was honoured by the Walt Disney Company with a plaque on the The Tree of Life at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom theme park, alongside a carving of David Greybeard, the original chimp who approached her during her first year at Gombe.

    • Jane Goodall was awarded a CBE (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in 1995.

    • In April 2002, then Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Dr. Jane Goodall a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

    • Jane Goodall won the Order of the Golden Ark, World Wildlife Award for Conservation in 1980

    • Derek Bryceson, Jane's husband at the time, died in 1980.

    • Jane was once married to Derek Bryceson.

    • Jane had 1 child with Hugo Van Lawick.

    • Jane divorced Hugo Van Lawick in 1974.

    • Jane was once married to Hugo Van Lawick.

    • Jane wrote a series of eight "Animal Family" books; Lion Family, Chimpanzee Family, Hyena Family, Zebra Family, Elephant Family, Wildebeast Family, Baboon Family and Giraffe Family.

    • Jane wrote The Eagle and the Wren.

    • Jane wrote The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours.

    • Jane wrote Rickie and Henri: A True Story.

    • Jane Goodall studied the chimpanzees on Lake Tanganyika.

    • Jane worked at the museam in Nairobi, Kenya.

    • Jane Goodall was Louis and Mary Leakey's assistant for a time.

    • Jane Goodall went to Kenya at the age of 23, where she first heard of Dr. Louis Leakey.

    • Some of Jane's favorite books in her childhood were The Jungle Book, The Story of Dr. Dolittle, and the Tarzan books.

    • Jane is the founder of the 'Jane Goodall Institute'.

    • Moved to France in 1939 and moved back to England after Hitler invaded Europe. She grew up in Barnemouth, England.

    • She is the world's foremost authority on all things chimpanzee.

  • Quotes

    • Jane Goodall: The series of books that molded me very much was Doctor Dolittle. I wanted Polynesia to teach me the language of animals. I actually pretended I could speak - I interpreted the squirrels and the birds for my friends, and they believed me.

    • Jane Goodall: The chimpanzee is more like us than any other creature. Their brain is almost the same, except that it's a bit smaller. They're capable of all kinds of intellectual things that we used to think only we could do.

    • Jane Goodall: There are an awful lot of scientists today who believe that before very long we shall have unravelled all the secrets of the universe. There will be no puzzles any more. To me it'd be really, really tragic because I think one of the most exciting things is this feeling of mystery, feeling of awe, the feeling of looking at a little live thing and being amazed by it and how its emerged through these hundreds of years of evolution and there it is and it is perfect and why.

    • Jane Goodall: We can't leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world's people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources.

    • Jane Goodall: It's very hard to look back with hindsight and say oh well I would have done it differently. If I had gone to Gombe and had access to information about the effect of feeding bananas on wild chimpanzees I wouldn't have done it.

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