From the moment a young British woman leapt from her small boat onto the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, the world was never the same. Jane Goodall, a 26-year-old from Bournemouth, England with a passion for wildlife came face to face with fate when she began her groundbreaking study of wild chimpanzees in what is now Gombe Stream National Park. In July of 1960, her amazing discoveries of chimpanzee behavior became the roots of one of the most significant scientific field sites on the planet. This is where a woman redefined man and defined what it means to be human.
The discoveries in Gombe have shaped modern science and our culture – from human and other great ape evolution, to health and ecology – and there’s so much more to learn.
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