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Transcript of Jane Goodall
Today, Jane Goodall is still working by traveling an average of 300 days a year to schools and auditoriums telling people about the threats to chimpanzees in the wild. Over the years, Jane Goodall has had a big effect on the conservation and protection of wild chimpanzees.
Jane Morris-Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London, England to Mortimer and Vanne Goodall. When she was a little over a year old, her father gave her a small stuffed chimpanzee. Jane named the chimp Jubilee. Jane's lifelong dream was to live in Africa and write about animals. This dream started during a time when wanting to live in Africa and study animals was very unusual.
During World War 2, Jane' s father went off to be an engineer in the war. When he came back, after the war had ended, Jane' s parents divorced. She graduated from high school in 1952. At the time she could not afford to go to college. After she graduated, she got a job at Oxford University as a secretary. Then, she worked at a London film-making company choosing music for documentaries. When Jane was 22, she left her job and went back home to make money so she could go to her friend's farm in Kenya.
First Years In Africa
When Jane was 23, she traveled to Africa for the first time . The most important event of her visit was meeting Dr. Louis Leakey. She impressed him a lot, so her hired her as his assistant. She then went to Tanzania with Dr. Leakey and his wife.
In 1960, Jane and her mother went to study chimpanzees at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserves. At first the animals ran away, but eventually got used to the idea of Jane being there. Over the next two years, Jane' s work became more widely known. In 1962 she accepted an offer from Cambridge University as a Ph.d candidate.
In August of 1963, Jane got her first article in National Geographic published . The next year, Jane married Hugo Van Lawick . They had one son, named Hugo Eric Van Lawick. The next year, Jane earned her Ph.d in ethology, the study of animal behavior. In 1974, Jane and Hugo divorced. The next year, Jane married Derek Bryson.
The Jane Goodall Institute
In 1977, Jane founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation. The institute has a mission to help society understand wild apes and help conserve these innocent creatures homes.
In 1980, after a battle with cancer, Jane's husband, Derek , died. In 1984, Jane began work on the Chimpanzoo, a program with her institute. This program was dedicated to helping captive chimpanzees. In 1991, Jane founded Roots and Shoots, an international environmental program for kids.
On April 16th , 2002 General Kofi Annan appointed Jane to serve as the United Nations Messenger of Peace. Two years later, in February of 2004, Jane was made a Dame of the British Empire.
The Evolution of Jane Goodall