Dr. Jane Goodall was the first to discover three things about chimpanzees during her work with them in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania: (1) chimps are omnivores not herbivores, (2) chimps use tools, and (3) chimps make their tools. Jane is also famous for her letters and notes that she took during that time. Below is an archived interim report she wrote in September 1962 to the National Geographic Society. Have your students read this primary resource highlighting Jane’s work, then ask them to write a letter to Jane about something they want to be the first to do.
Want to learn more about Dr. Jane Goodall? Check out these resources!
I wanted to learn things that no one else knew, uncover secrets through patient observation.
Use this primary resource, an interim report written by Jane Goodall to the National Geographic Society in September 1962, from the National Geographic archives to kick off the Dear Jane letter writing campaign in your classroom.
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Thank you to everyone who submitted student letters to Dr. Jane Goodall. We are no longer accepting submissions but invite you to check out a few of the submissions we received below. If you submitted letters, keep an eye out for your copy of the film Jane to be mailed to you.
Check out these letters to Dr. Jane Goodall written by students from around the world
Check out these other National Geographic programs!