History's HEROES? Dated 3 april 1934 -

Jane Goodall

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  • In 1995, she was honored with National Geographic Society Hubbard Medal for Distinction in Exploration, Discovery and Research.
  • In 1999, she was honored with the International Peace award.
  • In 2003, she received Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science and the honor of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, presented by His Royal Highness Prince Charles.
  • In 2006, she was honored with 60th Anniversary Medal of the UNESCO and French Legion Honor.
  • In the recent past years, she has received Doctorate degrees from many prestigious universities around the globe.


  • Brave / Courageous
  • Clever
  • Good or moral (strong beliefs or principles)
  • Has integrity (stands up for what they believe and act accordingly)
  • Determined
  • Ambitious
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Just and fair minded

She protects the wildlife and animals welfare

Jane Goodall is a British primatologist , ethologist and anthropologist. She is the first to have observed and reported that chimpanzees use tools to eat. His work has profoundly transformed human-animal relationships. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute to protect biodiversity, sustainable development assistance and education.

On April 2, 1957, at the age of 23, Jane travels to Kenya by boat. She has a wonderful time seeing Africa and meeting new people, but the most important event of her visit is meeting famous anthropologist and palaeontologist Dr. Louis S. B. Leakey. Jane manages to impress Leakey with her knowledge of Africa and its wildlife to the extent that he hires her as his assistant. She travels with Leakey and his wife, archaeologist Mary Leakey, to Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania on a fossil-hunting expedition. When Leakey and Jane begin a study of wild chimpanzees on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, British authorities resist the idea of a young woman living among wild animals in Africa. They finally agree to Leakey's proposal when Jane's mother Vanne volunteers to accompany her daughter for the first three months.

On July 4, 1960, Jane and Vanne arrive on the shores of Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in western Tanzania. But studying the chimpanzees of Gombe was not easy. The animals fled from Jane in fear. With patience and determination she searched the forest every day, deliberately trying not to get too close to the chimpanzees too soon. Gradually the chimpanzees accepted her presence. Jane observes meat-eating for the first time October 30, 1960. Later, she sees the chimpanzees hunt for meat. These observations disprove the widely held belief that chimpanzees are vegetarian. This becomes one of Jane's most important discoveries. Until that time, only humans were thought to create tools. On hearing of Jane's observation, Leakey famously says: "Now we must redefine tool, redefine Man, or accept chimpanzees as humans." Jane's work in Gombe becomes more widely known and in 1962 she is accepted at Cambridge University as a Ph.D. candidate, one of very few people to be admitted without a university degree. Some scholars and scientists give Jane a cold reception and criticise her for giving the chimpanzees names. "It would have been more scientific to give them numbers", they say. Jane has to defend an idea that might now seem obvious: that chimpanzees have emotions, minds and personalities. National Geographic decides to sponsor Jane's work and sends photographer and filmmaker Hugo van Lawick to document Jane's life in Gombe.

In August 1963, Jane publishes her first article in National Geographic, "My Life Among Wild Chimpanzees." In 1977, Jane founds the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation. For the story of the Institute. In 1984, Jane begins groundwork for Chimpanzoo, an international research program of the Jane Goodall Institute dedicated to the study of captive chimpanzees and to the improvement of their lives through research, education and enrichment. During November of 1986, at a scientific conference in Chicago organised around the release of Jane's scholarly work The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behaviour, Jane and fellow attendees are stunned as consecutive speakers make clear the extent of habitat destruction across Africa and its threat to chimpanzee survival. Jane leaves the conference knowing that she must leave Gombe behind, and work to conserve wild chimpanzees. After Gombe, in 1991, Jane and 16 Tanzanian students found Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute's global environmental and humanitarian education program for youth. On April 16, 2002, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appoints Jane to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Jane is made a Dame of the British Empire (the equivalent of a knighthood) on February 20, 2004 during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.

Today, Jane continues her work today by travelling an average of 300 days per year speaking in packed auditoriums and school gymnasiums about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that we will ultimately solve the problems that we have imposed on the earth.

Life in Jane Goodall's world

Jane is a passionate and committed scientific in her activities.

Was Jane Goodall a Hero?

  • She protects wildlife
  • She lived several years among chimpanzees
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