• Dr. Jane Goodall began her work observing and researching wild chimpanzees in 1960.  Jane was motivated by her lifelong love for animals and curiosity about the world around her.  With no formal training or education, she set out to learn more about these mysterious primates.

    Jane made and carefully documented many observations throughout her time spent in Gombe Stream Game Reserve, located in what is now Tanzania.  Two of the biggest discoveries she made during this time were that chimpanzees made and used tools -- previously thought to be a defining trait of humans -- and they were omnivores instead of herbivores.  Jane relayed these big observations to the National Geographic Society while her research was being funded in part by the organization.

    In September of 1962, Jane submitted this report as a status update and recap of her experiences and observation in the field.  With communications being sparse, each report was a chance for Jane to share with others all that she was witnessing in Africa. Also included is a drawing and photograph of a chimpanzee jumping a stream, an event described in the report.

    Disclaimer: National Geographic Society and the Jane Goodall Institute no longer support human feeding and touching of wild chimpanzees or other wild animals.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    carnivorous Adjective

    meat-eating.

    chimpanzee Noun

    large, intelligent ape native to Africa.

    conservation Noun

    management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

    Encyclopedic Entry: conservation
    ethology Noun

    study of animal behavior in natural environments.

    observation Noun

    something that is learned from watching and measuring an object or pattern.

    omnivore Noun

    organism that eats a variety of organisms, including plants, animals, and fungi.

    Encyclopedic Entry: omnivore
    research Noun

    scientific observations and investigation into a subject, usually following the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion.

    valley Noun

    depression in the Earth between hills.

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