Chimpanzee Discoveries

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In 1960, Jane Goodall traveled to what was then Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in the British protectorate of Tanganyika to study the behavior of the wild chimpanzees. The groundbreaking discoveries she made in Gombe became the foundation of future chimpanzee behavioral research and dramatically changed how animal behavior is studied. For videos about Jane and chimps go to Good for All News

Tool Making

Jane was the first person to record the behavior of tool making in chimpanzees. This behavior was previously thought to belong only to humans. When Jane informed her mentor Louis Leakey of her discovery he replied, "We must now redefine man, redefine tool, or accept chimpanzees as human!"

To see more information about chimpanzee tool making click here.


In October 1960 it was discovered that chimpanzees were not herbivores, like previously thought, but rather omnivores.

To learn how Jane made this discovery click here.