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  1 month ago

#InspiringWomen - Dr. Jane Goodall

One woman whom I really admire and is a pioneer in her field of primatology and ethology is Dr. Jane Goodall. Jane loved animals as a child and dreamed of one day going to Africa. She finally travelled there to visit a friend when she was 23 and met Dr. Louis Leakey. After working with him for a while, Dr. Leakey decided that Jane, despite not having a college education, would be the ideal person to study wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. In fact, he thought her lack of formal training was an advantage because she would have an open mind. Jane persevered in her study until the chimps trusted her and allowed her to observe their behavior.

Jane has now spent more than 60 years years studying the chimps and documenting their behavior. One of her first major discoveries was that they make and use tools, something that until then had been considered only a human behavior. Her findings were often not accepted by the establishment, but over the years, Jane earned her PhD at Cambridge, has written many popular books and scientific articles and appeared in many documentary films. In more recent years, Jane spends most of her time as a conservationist and activist, travelling the world, advocating for the chimps, for humane treatment of all animals, for the environment, for youth involvement and for world peace.

I've had the good fortune to meet Dr. Jane several times and hear her speak. The photo I've attached is one I took of her when she visited the Los Angeles Zoo for the Chimpanzoo conference in 2006.


  1 month ago
She is an amazing choice - thanks for sharing!!


  1 month ago
Wow! Great choice. I think she is a wonderful woman and am glad you got the chance to speak with her. Thanks for sharing!


  1 month ago
Dr.Goodall is a great advocates for animals and an expert in chimp behavior.

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