Primatologist Jane Goodall

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Born in London, Goodall was fascinated by the natural world from an early age. At 23, she moved to East Africa — first Kenya, then Tanzania — and found work as an assistant to the great paleontologist Louis Leakey. Despite her lack of formal training, Leakey sensed her deep love of animals and encouraged her to begin a study of the chimpanzees around Lake Tanganyika in northern Tanzania.

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