Jane's Early Years
Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall was born in London, England, on April 3rd, 1934. She dreamt of living with wild animals and writing about them. At 22, Jane received a letter from a friend, Clo, inviting Goodall to her family's new farm in Kenya. Within weeks of her arrival in 1957, Jane met Louis S. B. Leakey, who hired her as an assistant and later asked her to take part in a study of a group of wild chimpanzees.
"When I was 10 years old, ...I loved books, and I used to haunt the secondhand bookshop. And I found a little book I could just afford, and I bought it, and I took it home. And I climbed up my favorite tree, and I read that book from cover to cover. And that was Tarzan of the Apes. I immediately fell in love with Tarzan." Dr. Jane Goodall- English zoologist & ethologist (1934 - )
"You can do whatever you set your mind to." Margaret Myfanwe Joseph- Goodall's mother and english novelist who wrote under the name Vanne Morris-Goodall (1906 - 2000)