What did Jane Goodall do?


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Jane Goodall is best known for studying chimpanzee behavior and working to protect the habitats of chimpanzees. Goodall assisted Louis Leakey with his work before beginning her own research in 1960.

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What did Jane Goodall do?
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At the age of 23, Jane Goodall traveled to Kenya to visit a friend. During her trip, she contacted Louis Leakey, who was known for his work as an anthropologist. Goodall had always dreamed of studying animals, so she helped Leakey by looking for fossils and documenting the behavior of monkeys.

Eventually, Leakey suggested she study chimpanzees on her own. For several years, Goodall followed chimpanzees in Tanzania and documented their behavior.

Despite the fact that she never completed a 4-year college degree, Cambridge University awarded Goodall an honorary doctorate in 1965. She established the Jane Goodall Institute to promote chimpanzee research and conservation efforts.

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