Jane Goodall, changing the way we view other primates

For more than half a century, Jane Goodall has been a researcher, conservationist and champion for one of the world’s most enigmatic primates, the chimpanzee. She started her career in 1960 in what is today Tanzania, and through painstaking observation and detailed recording of what she saw, opened new windows on the behavior of one of humankind’s nearest relatives in the wild. She was the first person to document chimpanzees creating and using tools, which until that time had been thought to be something only humans could or would do.

Goodall’s work has been featured in numerous National Geographic articles, books, television documentaries and, most recently,  JANE, a film about her early years in Gombe.

In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to ensure that her vision and life’s work continue to mobilize the collective power of individual action to save the natural world we all share.

For more information on Jane Goodall and other National Geographic explorers, dig through our timeline here.

National Geographic Magazine: Being Jane Goodall (October 2010) and How Jane Goodall Changed What We Know About Chimps (October 2017)


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