Jane Goodall

1934-?

Primatology

Known for her work in Primatology

Jane Goodall started her love for chimpanzees at a young age. Her father had gotten her a toy of a chimp and she soon realized her love for animals. Dame Jane Morris Goodall was born in London, England in 1934. Later in life Goodall attended Kasakela chimpanzee community in Tanzania. She worked to prove the scientific fact that humans are the only organism that can have personalities wrong by experimenting with chimps. Jane carefully observed chimps, Fifi and David Greybeard, at Gombe Stream National Park. She did just what she wanted. She saw how the chimps would hug each other, kiss each other and even give each other pats on the back. Jane found that they have bonds with their families and the chimps even have friends too. This proves that humans and chimps are more closely related to each other than you think. Although these example are all positive Jane had experienced that chimps have their wild traits too. She saw that they are very aggressive and the chimps would even bully the smaller monkeys. One of the main goal of the chimps was to prove their dominance over the others. Males would fight to be the "king" or to get a females attention. Females aren't as graceful as you think either. The females would kill the children of other mother chimps to prove their superiority. Jane Goodall had a major affect on the world showing how animals have feelings too. Jane has received many awards for her work in Primatology, including the Hubbard Medal and the Benjamin Franklin Medal.
By: Dominic Young