From an early age she loved animals and she enjoyed exploring gardens and observing the wildlife she found – anything from butterflies to slugs.

Her family took in several pets, including a dog and a tortoise.

Recognized for her ground breaking discoveries about their behavior – she discovered that chimpanzees make tools, eat and hunt for meat, and have similar social behavior to humans – she completely transformed our understanding of our closest relative in the animal kingdom.

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She was looked after by a nanny for much of her childhood.

When she was about a year old her father gave her a toy chimpanzee called Jubilee.

The family fled from France just before the war started, moving into Jane’s paternal grandparents’ large home in the English coastal town of Folkestone.

A Happy Childhood and a Love of Nature No matter where she happened to be living, Jane’s childhood was happy.

It had three other members: her sister Judy and two of their friends.

Jane organized club events and wrote a club magazine.Her father’s career as a racing driver was beginning to flourish and the move took them close to the famous Brookland’s racing circuit.In May 1939 the family moved again, this time to the seaside town of Le Touquet in northern France.As school continued, Jane became increasingly uncomfortable and unhappy.In his excellent biography of Jane Goodall, Dale Peterson quotes one of her diary entries from early 1951, when, aged 16, she wrote: Jane was a happy, lively girl, and it’s clear from the quote that she did not enjoy the regimented life school offered her.She continued reading nature books and dreaming of being with Africa’s magnificent wildlife.