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Does Jane Goodall Have Any Pets?

Rusty (Dog)

Breed: Mixed Breed

Jane Goodall had a childhood dog named Rusty, who she said inspired her love for animals and her interest in animal behaviour. Goodall said this about Rusty, “I learned so much from Rusty. He proved to me that animals have minds, personalities and feelings. This gave me great strength in my convictions and work with chimpanzees.”

Greyhound (Dog)

Breed: Greyhound

Jane Goodall currently has one dog that’s a greyhound. She shared a photo of it on social media during the COVID lockdown in May 2020. While Goodall is known for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees, she said her favorite animal is actually dogs. She’s often photographed with dogs or shares photos or stories about meeting dogs around the world. You can read a nice blog post on janegoodall.org about animal friends she’s made while travelling, with most of them dogs.

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall Pets


April 3, 1934 (90)

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Dame Jane Morris Goodall is an English primatologist, anthropologist, author, and media personality. She’s considered the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees, with a 60-year history of studying them. Besides helping many related non-profits, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute, a global wildlife and environmental conservation organization, and Roots & Shoots, an organization that brings together youth to work on conservation, environmental, and humanitarian issues. Goodall’s studies of chimpanzees started in 1960 in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, where she noted human-like behaviours from them.