As a child, Jane Goodall’s father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee as an alternative to a teddy bear. Goodall has said her fondness for this figure started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall’s dresser in London.

Jane Goodall

For the Australian author, see Jane R. Goodall.

Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE (/ˈɡʊdɔːl/; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 60-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960.

She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996. In April 2002, she was named a UN Me… Continue Reading (19 minute read)

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  1. withershin

    I met her at a show i was working and they got me to follow her around all evening in front of house. One of the nicest ladies I’ve ever met. I had argue with the union dudes to make her some tea and finally when I said she was the gorilla scientist lady they brought the kettle and tea up from behind stage for her. I’m not celebrity struck very often but sometimes it does pay to meet a hero. Any kid coming up for a signing with a stuffed animal got extra attention from her.

  2. ozzalot

    And just like *that*, Jane Goodall’s father destined hundreds of thousands of bears to death over the next seventy years.

  3. Unleashtheducks

    Also reading Tarzan books
    where the female protagonist had the same name.

  4. cwerd

    I’m still upset that she got away with using chimps as slaves to mine diamonds.

  5. kikonyc

    My parents always threw my toys away as I grew up as they become not age-apropiaste. I have nothing left of my childhood.

  6. aecht

    that stuffed chimp as about as powerful as the x-men of the same name

  7. MattMamba

    if she were given a stuffed bee, she would’ve named it Jollibee

    I’ll walk myself out

  8. seeyat

    The real question is can we get a picture of Jubilee?

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