Little Flint introduces himself to legendary primatologist Jane Goodall. Goodall extends the back of her hand, fingers turned away, telling Flint's protective and nearby mother, Flo, that she intends no harm. 

Photograph by Baron Hugo Van Lawick, National Geographic
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    On April 3, 1934, Jane Goodall was born in London, England. Goodall would follow her passion for animal behavior all the way to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, where her groundbreaking work studying chimpanzees made her the most famous primatologist in the world.
    One of Goodall’s most famous contributions to ethology (the study of animal behavior) is the observation that chimpanzees use tools. This behavior was previously only associated with human beings. The Gombe chimps “fish” for termites (a favorite food) by inserting a thin branch or stalk of grass into a termite mound, and removing it when the branch is full of clinging termites.
    Today, Goodall is an advocate for wildlife conservation and education. The Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots program has nearly 150,000 members in more than 130 countries.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    advocate Noun

    person who speaks, writes, or otherwise supports a person, idea, or cause.

    behavior Noun

    anything an organism does involving action or response to stimulation.

    conservation Noun

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

    Encyclopedic Entry: conservation
    document Verb

    to keep track of.

    ethology Noun

    study of animal behavior in natural environments.

    groundbreaking Adjective

    innovative or pioneering.

    primatologist Noun

    biologist who specializes in the study of primates.

    tool Noun

    instrument used to help in the performance of a task.

    wildlife Noun

    organisms living in a natural environment.