- Date of Birth:
- April 3, 1934
- 5' 5"
Dame Jane Goodall (born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on April 3, 1934 in London, England) is a British primatologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace. After she was given a lifelike stuffed chimpanzee, Jane began a life dedicated to her love of animals. In 1960, she began studying the Kasakela chimpanzee community in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Without a collegiate training, she was able to observe things that other scientists overlooked, including behaviors such as hugs, kisses and other “human” actions. She also discovered aggressive behaviors between chimpanzee troops, including the 1974-78 Gombe Chimpanzee War. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute and became a global leader in the efforts to protect chimpanzees and their natural habitats. The JGI is also recognized for innovative and community-centered conservation efforts. In 2011, she became a patrol of the Australian animal protection group Voiceless, the animal protection institute. In 20012, she worked with Engage in Conservation Challenge. She is also a board member of the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the world. She was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004.
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Jane Goodall is best known as a world famous conservationist and for her revolutionary work with chimpanzees and primates.
Jane married Baron Hugo van Lawick, a Dutch nobleman, in March 28, 1964. Through the marriage, she became known as Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall. They welcomed their son, Hugo Eric Louis, in 1967. In 1974, they divorced and the following year, she married Derek Bryceson, a member of Tanzania’s parliament. He sadly passed away from cancer in 1980.