Jane Goodall was the first person to study chimpanzees in the wild. She studied chimps in Africa.
She did this for more than forty years. She made important discoveries about chimps.
Goodall was born on April 3, 1934. She was born in London, England.
Her father was a businessperson. Her mother was a writer.
As a child, Goodall loved animals. She wanted to travel to Africa. She wanted to see the wild animals there.
As a teen, she worked hard. She saved her money. She wanted to be able to go to Africa.
Going to Africa
Jane reached her dream at twenty-three. She had enough money to go. She stayed with a friend in Kenya. This is in Africa.
Jane loved Africa. She decided to stay there.
She met a man named Louis Leakey. He offered her a job. It was to study chimpanzees.
Jane took the job. She moved to a park. She studied chimps there.
She lived with the chimps for a while. She gave them names. One was Greybeard. He had a gray beard. Others were Gigi, Flo, and Frodo.
Jane learned that chimps make and use tools. They held pieces of grass.
They stuck them into holes in trees. They pulled out termites. Then they ate them.
She learned that chimps eat meat. People used to think they just ate plants. But she saw them hunting. She saw them eating meat.
She also learned that chimps have emotions. They are like people in this way. They get sad, angry, and happy.
Goodall spends her days traveling. She teaches people about chimps.
She works to help chimps. She works to help all animals.