Dr Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Lives with Wild Animals

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Dr Jane Goodall, known for her work with chimpanzees, shares her journey from childhood dream to launching the Jane Goodall Institute and her concerns about the weakening ecosystem.

Dr Jane Goodall was just 10 years old when she read Tarzan of the Apes – at which point she decided she wanted to “go to Africa, live with wild animals and write books about them”. That dream came true when she met palaeontologist Dr Louis Leakey during a trip to Kenya, who hired her in 1960, at the age of 26, to study the chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania.

After discovering that the animals were under threat due to habitat destruction and illegal trafficking, Goodall went on to launch the Jane Goodall Institute, a conservation organisation that now has 25 outposts around the world, in 1977. “Not only part of nature, we depend on it,” she tells Vogue from her childhood home in Bournemouth, where she still lives today. “And as one species after another disappears from that ecosystem because of us, the ecosystem weakens and eventually will collapse. That’s happening all around the world – it’s scar

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