Jane Goodall was born in London on April 3, 1934, and grew up in Bournemouth, on the southern coast of England. In 1960, she began studying chimpanzees in the wild in Gombe, Tanzania. After receiving her doctorate in ethology at Cambridge University, Dr. Goodall founded the Gombe Stream Research Center for the study of chimpanzees and baboons. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation to promote animal research throughout the world. She has written three books for adults, including the bestseller In the Shadow of Man, and three books for children, including the My Life With the Chimpanzees and The Chimpanzee Family Book.
"Jane Goodall's extraordinary respect and affection for the chimps she has lived among since 1960 are conveyed resoundingly in these stories. Goodall chose Alan Marks for his fine naturalistic illustrations, which, in her estimation, capture the spirit of the chimpanzees." -- Amy Finnerty, New York Times