Jane Goodall

Primatologist

Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE, formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-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. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

In the period of her life when she studied chimpanzees, Jane Goodall woke up before sunrise at 5:30 am and set out into the rainforest to locate the chimps she was studying. She’d usually climb to the location where the chimps slept at night. Jane then spent the day following, observing and studying the chimps.

Nowadays, Goodall spends most of the year on the road therefore all her days are different but normally she still wakes up early and aims to start work by 6:30 am. The British primatologist typically begins the day by checking her emails, dealing with her correspondence and completing any writing that’s due. Breakfast is light, just some toast and a coffee.

Jane doesn’t have very much time for leisure, she was quoted in a recent interview “I’ve got no time for hobbies. What is a weekend? It doesn’t exist. What is a holiday? It doesn’t exist.” However, when at home she spends the evenings with her sister and her family. And when possible, she’d take the dog for a walk.

To help her to sleep at night, Jane listens to audio books.