When she was a young girl, Jane loved to watch the way birds and animals behaved. As a young woman, when she was 26 years old, she got a research job working with Dr. Louis Leakey. Dr. Leakey was a famous anthropologist in Africa. Jane researched the way chimpanzees behaved, watching and even living near them in the wild. For a few months every year, Jane would leave Tanzania and attend classes Cambridge University in England so she could get her doctorate degree in primatology (the study of primates, such as chimpanzees and humans). Dr. Jane Goodall then spent the next thirty years of her life learning about and observing chimpanzees. She wrote many books about her research. Jane feels that keeping chimpanzees alone in cages is cruel, and helped to educate the government, scientists and zoos on how to properly treat chimpanzees.
Link: The Jane Goodall Institute
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Information adapted from History of Women in Science for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein.